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Kevin Holmes

Assistant Professor

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 completed an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013-14. He joined the Colorado College faculty in fall 2014.

Kevin’s research investigates the structure of human thought. One line of work explores how the mental categories we rely on to think, perceive, and act upon the world are related to the languages we speak. Another probes how people think about concepts of space, time, and number, and the relationships among them.


Assistant Professor of Psychology: 2014-present
First Year at Colorado College: 2014

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

Language and thought; concepts and categories; word meaning; spatial and numerical cognition; abstraction.

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KH Research Interests

Representative Publications

[Google Scholar profile] [Full list of publications]

Holmes, K. J., Moty, K., & Regier, T. (2017). Revisiting the role of language in spatial cognition: Categorical perception of spatial relations in English and Korean speakers. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

Holmes, K. J., & Regier, T. (2017). Categorical perception beyond the basic level: The case of warm and cool colors. Cognitive Science, 41, 1135-1147. [pdf]

Holmes, K. J., &, Ayzenberg, V., & Lourenco, S. F. (2016). Gamble on gaze: Eye movements reflect the numerical value of blackjack hands. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23, 1974-1981. [pdf]

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. [html]

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. [pdf]

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

William Orr Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Graduate Fellowship, 2008-2011

Regular Classes

PY451 Final Project
PY439 Language and Thought
PY344 Cognition
PY251 Psychological Investigations
PY202 Research Design
PY100 Introduction to Psychology: Bases of Behavior

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