Kevin received a B.A. in Human Biology and an M.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 2005. After earning a Ph.D. in Psychology at Emory University in 2012, Kevin went on to complete an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Colorado College faculty in fall 2014.
Kevin’s research investigates the structure of human thought, focusing on the contributions of language and space. Past and current projects have examined the conceptual organization of objects, spatial relations, color, time, number, and non-numerical magnitude. Kevin is particularly interested in the extent to which the structure of the mind is reflected in, and affected by, language.
Assistant Professor of Psychology: 2014-present
First Year at Colorado College: 2014
Language and thought; concepts and categories; word meaning; mental simulation; spatial, temporal, and numerical representation.
Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (2013). Spatial language and the psychological reality of schematization. Cognitive Processing, 14, 205-208. [pdf]
Holmes, K. J., & Lourenco, S. F. (2013). When numbers get heavy: Is the mental number line exclusively numerical? PLoS ONE, 8, e58381. [link]
Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (2013). When is language a window into the mind? Looking beyond words to infer conceptual categories. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 597-602). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. [link]
Holmes, K. J., & Wolff, P. (2012). Does categorical perception in the left hemisphere depend on language? Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 439-443. [pdf]
Holmes, K. J., & Lourenco, S. F. (2012). Orienting numbers in mental space: Horizontal organization trumps vertical. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 1044-1051. [pdf]
Wolff, P., & Holmes, K. J. (2011). Linguistic relativity. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 2, 253-265. [pdf]
Holmes, K. J., & Lourenco, S. F. (2011). Common spatial organization of number and emotional expression: A mental magnitude line. Brain and Cognition, 77, 315-323. [pdf]
Matlock, T., Holmes, K. J., Srinivasan, M., & Ramscar, M. (2011). Even abstract motion influences the understanding of time. Metaphor and Symbol, 26, 260-271. [pdf]
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Awards & Honors
National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2013-2014
American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award, 2012
Robert J. Glushko and Pamela Samuelson Foundation Student Travel Grant, 2011
William Orr Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2011
Emory University Arts & Sciences Fellowship, 2007-2012
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