Katie Wagner
kgwagner@ucsd.edu
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Education
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology (Oct 2013)
Postdoctoral scholar (Oct 2013 - present)

Read College, Portland, OR
B.A. Psychology (Jun 2005)

Honors, Awards, and Funding
UCSD Interdisciplinary Fellowship:Multisensory processing across the lifespan (2011-2012)
Excellence in vision research from the Vision Sciences Society: Shape-color synesthesia in the first year of life: A normal stage of development (2009)
UCSD Jacobs (Dean's) Fellowship (2007-2011)
Phi Beta Kappa (2005)

Publications

Wagner, K., Chu, J., & Barner, D. (under review). Numbers begin noisy: Rethinking the nature of children's early number word meanings.

Srinivasan, M., Wagner, K., Frank, M., & Barner, D. (under review). The role of design and training in artifact expertise: The case of mental abacus and visual attention.

Wagner, K., Jergens, J., & Barner, D. (2017). Color word comprehension precedes production. Language Learning and Development. 

Wagner, K. & Barner, D. (2017). The acquisition of color words. Linguistics: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. Website

Wagner, K., Tillman, K. & Barner, D. (2016) Inferring number, time, and color concepts from core knowledge and linguistic structure. In D. Barner & A.S. Baron (Ed.), Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change, Oxford University Press.

Wagner, K., Kimura, K., Cheung, P. & Barner, D. (2015). Why is number word learning hard? Evidence from bilingual learners. Cognitive Psychology, 88.

Wagner, K., Dobkins, K & Barner, D. (2013). Slow mapping: Color word learning as a gradual inductive process. Cognition, 127, 307-317.

Wagner, K. & Dobkins, K. (2011). Synesthetic associations decrease during infancy. Psychological Science, 22, 1067-1072.

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brehm, L., Brick, C., Brown-Schmidt, S., Fischer, K. & Wagner, K. (2010). Carpet or Cárcel: The effect of age of acquisition and language mode on bilingual lexical access. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25, 669-705.

Wagner, K. & Neuringer, A. (2006). Operant variability when reinforcement is delayed. Learning & Behavior, 34, 111-123.

Manuscripts In Preparation

Yurovsky, D., Wagner,K., Barner, D. & Frank, M. (in prep). Signatures of domain-general categorization mechanisms in color word learning.

Wagner, K., Sakuta, Y., Yang, J., Dobkins, K., Barner, D & Yamaguchi, M. (in prep). A cross-linguistic comparison of color word acquisition in Japanese and English.

Wagner, K., Brang, D., Ramachandran, V. & Dobkins, K. (in prep). Increased color contrast sensitivity in synesthetes.

Grants / Fellowships

National Science Foundation (2015-2018): How do children construct linguistic color categories? With D. Barner, A. Franklin, M. Frank & D. Yurovsky. Total Award: $400,000.

UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratories (2011-2013) Multisensory processing across the lifespan: the relationship between brain and behavior. With D. Brang., K. Dobkins, M. Huang, S. Hillyard, Ramachandran, V.S. Total Award: $90,000.

UCSD Dean’s Fellowship (2007-2011); Total Award: $10,000.

Talks

Wagner, K., Marušič, F., Plesničar, V., Razboršek, T., Sullivan, J., Žaucer, R. & Barner, D. (2015). Beyond Knower Levels: Early partial knowledge of number words. Cognitive Development Society, Columbus, OH.

Wagner, K., Kimura, K, Cheung, P. & Barner, D. (2015). Why is number word learning hard? Evidence from Bilingual Learners. Cognitive Sciences Society, Pasadena, CA.

Wagner, K., Aroworade, T., Chilson, A., Cooper, T., Jergens, J., & Barner, D. (2015). The Early and Gradual Construction of Color Word Meanings. Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kimura, K., Wagner, K. & Cheung, P., & Barner, D. (2015). Transfer of number concepts in bilingual learners. (2015). Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Yurovsky, D., Wagner,K., Barner, D. & Frank, M. (2015). Signatures of Domain-General Categorization Mechanisms in Color Word Learning. Cognitive Sciences Society, Pasadena, CA.

Wagner, K., Aroworade, T., Chilson, A., Cooper, A., Jergens, J. & Barner, B. (2015). The Early and Gradual Construction of Color Word Meanings, Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Yurovsky, D., Wagner, K., Barner, D. & Frank, M. (2014). Signatures of Domain-General Categorization Mechanisms in Color Word Learning. Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Wagner, K., Jergens, J. & Barner, D (2014). Partial Color Word Comprehension Precedes Production. Cognitive Sciences Society, Quebec City, Canada. 

Wagner, K., Srinivasan, M., Barner, D. & Frank, M. (2014). Does expertise direct the allocation of attention within visual arrays? The case study of mental abacus. Cognitive Sciences Society, Quebec City, Canada.

Wagner, K., Jergens, J. & Barner, D. (2013). Color word comprehension precedes production. Cognitive Development Society, Memphis, TN.

Wagner, K., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2013). Slow mapping of color words: Children's errors reveal a gradual inductive learning process. Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Wagner, K., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2012). Color word learning is a gradual inductive process. Cognitive Sciences Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Wagner, K (2012). Developing Representations of Color. Invited talk at Chuo University, Japan. 

Wagner, K. & Dobkins, K (2010). Color-shape associations decline during infancy: A perceptual correlate of developmental narrowing of neural connectivity, International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Wagner, K. & Dobkins, K. (2010). Color-shape associations decline during infancy: A perceptual correlate of neural pruning? Southern California Conference on Development, Irvine, CA.

Wagner, K & Dobkins (2009) Shape-color synesthesia in the first year of life: A normal stage of development. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. (Journal of Vision, 9(8), 699)Wagner, K. & Neuringer, A. (2006). Operant variability when reinforcement is delayed. The 32nd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral Analysis, Atlanta, GA.

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Myers, S., & Wagner, K. (2004). Lexical Access in English-Spanish Bilingual Speakers. The Oregon Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Posters

Wagner, K., Chilson, A., Cooper, T. & Barner, D. (2015). A longitudinal study of how children refine color word meanings over time. Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kimura, K., Wagner, K. & Barner, D. Subsective or Intersective? (2015) .Children’s assumptions about the meanings of novel gradable adjectives.

Yurovsky, D., Wagner,K., Barner, D. & Frank, M. (2015). Signatures of Domain-General Categorization Mechanisms in Color Word Learning. Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Aroworade, V., Wagner, K. & Barner, D (2014). Southern California Conference on Development, Los Angeles, CA.

Wagner, K., Storage, D., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2013). Children's acquisition of subsective and intersective adjectives Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Kimura, K, Wagner, K. & Barner, D. (2013). Two for one? Transfer of conceptual content in bilingual number word learning. Cognitive Sciences Society, Berlin, Germany.

Wagner, K., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2012) Slow mapping: Color word learning as a gradual inductive process. Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.

Wagner, K., Cohen, S. & Dobkins, K. (2012). Influences of familiarity on the face-inversion and other-race effects. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. (Journal of Vision, 12(9), 627)

Wagner, K., Chase, E., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2011). Premature linguistic color categories: Analysis of errors in color labeling. Cognitive Development Society, Philadelphia, PA.

Chase, E., Wagner, K., Dobkins, K. & Barner, D. (2011). Premature linguistic color categories. Southern California Conference on Development, Los Angeles, CA.

Ghantiwala, V., Wagner, K.& Dobkins, K. (2011). The development of attentional capture of faces and objects Southern California Conference on Development, Irvine, CA.

Wagner, K., Brang, D., Ramachandran, V. & Dobkins, K. (2010). Color input into motion processing in grapheme-color synesthetes. Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL. (Journal of Vision, 10(7), 874)

Chase, E., Audet, J., Sullivan, J., Wagner, K. & Barner, D. (2010). What's least red to me is blue to you: Pragmatic inference and categorization. Southern California Conference on Development, Irvine, CA.

Wagner, K. & Dobkins, K (2010). Xs and Os: Infant synesthesia that persists through adulthood, International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brick, C., Wagner, K., Fischer, K., & Brown-Schmidt, S. (2005). 'Carpet or Carcel': Effects of fluency and language mode on bilingual lexical access. The 18th Annual City University of New York Sentence Processing Conference, Tuscon, AZ.

Canseco-Gonzalez, E., Brick, C., Fischer, K., & Wagner, K. (2005). 'Carpet or Carcel': Effects of fluency and language mode on bilingual lexical access. 5th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Barcelona, Spain.

University Teaching Experience

UCSD Instructor
Developmental Psychology (2013)

UCSD Section Instructor
Honors Research Methods (2010, 2011)
Introduction to Statistics (2012)

UCSD Honor's Project Advisor
• Jill Jergens – Color word comprehension precedes production 2012-2013
• Daniel Storage – The effects of linguistic and perceptual context on color judgments 2012-2013
• Tori Aroworade – Do children abstract color prior to producing color words? 2013-2014

UCSD Teaching Assistant
• Introduction to Psychology (2013)
• Clinical Psychology (2012)
• Developmental Psychology (2009, 2011, 2012)
• Cognitive Development in Infancy (2011)
• Introduction to Statistics (2010)
• Psychology of Food and Behavior (2009)
• Sensory & Perception (2009)

Reed College Lab Assistant
• Introduction to Psychology (2002-2005)

Other Teaching Experience

Shibata, Japan Board of Education
• English as a second language instructor for 1st to 9th grades (2005-2007)

Volunteer Teaching
• Neuroscience Outreach Instructor for K-12 schools near the US-Mexican border (2008-2010)
• Preschool Aid, Tokyo Japan 1999

Department, Campus and Community Service

• Career Transition Representative (2012 - 2013)
• Co-organizer, Southern California Conference on Development (2012)
• Graduate Talk Series Founder & Organizer (2011 - 2012)
• Graduate Student Mentor (2009 - 2011)
• Center for Human Development Seminar Student Organizer (2009)
• Academic Integrity Review Board, Graduate Student Member (2008 - 2010)
• Graduate Student Association Representative (2008 - 2009)
• Served as a reviewer for several academic journals.