Academics - Faculty Profiles

David Moore, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Director of the Claremont Infant Study Center

David S. Moore, PhD

    With Pitzer Since: 1989
    Field Group: Psychology
    Campus Address: Broad Hall 108
    Phone: 909.607.1648
    Email: David_Moore

    Education:
    M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
    B.A., Tufts University

Research Interests

Cognitive development; the development of mental rotation; infant-directed speech; categorization in infancy; electrophysiological methods in the study of infant perception; perception of numerosity in infancy.

Recent Courses

Introduction to Psychology (PSY10)
Senior Research Methods (PSY112)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY125)
Monkey Business: Controversies in Human Evolution (PSY130)
Seeking Human Nature: The History and Science of Innateness (PSY138)
Cognitive Development (PSY154)
Seminar in Developmental Psychology (PSY199)

Selected Publications

“Importing the Homology Concept from Biology into Developmental Psychology,” Developmental Psychobiology (in press).

“Behavioral Genetics, Genetics, and Epigenetics,” in P. D. Zelazo, ed., Oxford Handbook of Developmental Psychology.  New York: Oxford University Press, in press.

“The Babies, the Representations, and the Nativist-Empiricist Bathwater,” Cognitive Development (in press).

“Big B, Little b: Myth #1 is that Mendelian Genes Actually Exist,” in S. Krimsky, ed., Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, in press.

“Mental Rotation of Dynamic, Three-Dimensional Stimuli by 3-month-old Infants,” Infancy, 16 (2011). With S.P. Johnson.

“Neural Re-use as a Source of Developmental Homology,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33 (2010). With C. Moore.

“Probing Predispositions: The Pragmatism of a Process Perspective,” Child Development Perspectives, 3 (2009).

“Mental Rotation in Human Infants: A Sex Difference,” Psychological Science, 19 (2008). With S.P. Johnson.

“A Very Little Bit of Knowledge: Re-Evaluating the Meaning of the Heritability of IQ,” Human Development, 49 (2006).

“Perception Precedes Computation: Can Familiarity Preferences Explain Apparent Calculation by Human Babies?” Developmental Psychology, 42 (2006). With L. A.  Cocas.

“Categorization of Infant-Directed Speech: Development from 4 to 6 Months,” Developmental Psychobiology, 4 (2003).  With M. J. Spence.

The Dependent Gene: The Fallacy of “Nature vs. Nurture.”  New York, NY: Times Books/Henry Holt & Co., 2002.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks

“Reintegrating Evo and Devo: A Consideration of the Problem,” paper presented at a symposium entitled “Reintegrating Evolution and Development in Developmental Research” at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, April 2011.

“Visual-Manual Object Exploration and Mental Rotation in Infancy,” paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, April 2011. With L. E. Krogh and S.P. Johnson.

“On Interactions between Genetic and Environmental Contributors to Behavioral Development,” invited address at the meeting of the California Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA, February 2011.

“The Epigenetic Revolution: Changing Views of Biopsychological Inheritance, and What It All Means for Society,” invited lecture at The UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, May 20, 2010.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

MRI: Acquisition of a High-density Electrophysiology Laboratory for Intercollegiate Research and Training in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Science Foundation, $411,008, 2010-2013. Principal Investigator: Alan Hartley, co-PIS: David S. Moore, Catherine Reed, Michael Spezio, & Stacey Wood.

Workshop: Exploring the Concept of Homology in Developmental Psychology, National Science Foundation, $32,292, 2010-2011. Principal Investigator: David S. Moore, co-P.I.: Chris Moore.

Additional Information

Claremont Infant Study Center (Baby Lab)

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website

These reprints of publications are available in pdf format.

A Very Little Bit of Knowledge: Re-Evaluating the Meaning of the Heritability of IQ

Individuals and populations: How biology's theory and data have interfered with the integration of development and evolution

Espousing Interactions and Fielding Reactions: Addressing Laypeople's Beliefs About Genetic Determinism

Probing Predispositions: The Pragmatism of a Process Perspective

Mental Rotation in Human Infants

Mental Rotation of Dynamic, Three-Dimensional Stimuli by 3-Month-Old Infants

Importing the Homology Concept from Biology into Developmental Psychology

Categorization of Infant-Directed Speech: Development From 4 to 6 Months

Perception Precedes Computation: Can Familiarity Preferences Explain Apparent Calculation by Human Babies?

Six-Month-Olds' Categorization of Natural Infant-Directed Utterances

Infants' Visual Preferences in the Presence and Absence of Auditory Stimulation

Effect of Auditory Numerical Information on Infants' Looking Behavior: Contradictory Evidence