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

David Moore

Professor of Psychology
Director of the Claremont Infant Study Center

On Sabbatical 2023-2024

With Pitzer Since: 1989
Field Group: Psychology
Campus Address: Broad Hall 108
Phone: 909.607.1648
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: See Faculty Directory

Educational Background

MA, PhD, Harvard University
BA, 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

Moore, D. S., Oakes, L. M., Romero, V. L., & McCrink, K. C. (In Press). Leveraging developmental psychology to evaluate artificial intelligence. Proceedings of the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning.

Moore, D. S., Witherington, D. C., Narvaez, D., Vandiver, T. I., & Lickliter, R. (In Press). How deep do we have to go to rehabilitate evolutionary psychology? Reply to Bjorklund, Ellis, & Geary (2022). American Psychologist.

Narvaez, D., Moore, D. S., Witherington, D. C., Vandiver, T. I., & Lickliter, R. (2022). Evolving evolutionary psychology. American Psychologist, 77(3), 424 – 438. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/amp0000849

Moore, D. S. & Johnson, S. P. (2020). The development of mental rotation ability across the first year after birth. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 58, 1 – 33. doi: 10.1016/bs.acdb.2020.01.001

Christodoulou, J., Leland, D. S., & Moore, D. S. (2018). Overt and covert attention in infants revealed using steady-state visually evoked potentials. Developmental Psychology, 54, 803 – 815.

Constantinescu, M., Moore, D. S., Johnson, S. P., & Hines, M. (2018). Early contributions to infants’ mental rotation abilities. Developmental Science, 21(4): e12613

Christodoulou, J.,* Lac, A., & Moore, D. S. (2017). Babies and math: A meta-analysis of infants’ simple
arithmetic competence. Developmental Psychology, 53, 1405 – 1417.

Moore, D. S. (2017). The potential of epigenetics research to transform conceptions of phenotype development. Human Development, 60, 69 – 80.

Moore, D. S. (2017). Behavioral epigenetics [Individual Development & Behavior Collection]. WIREs Systems Biology and Medicine, 9. doi: 10.1002/wsbm.1333

Moore, D. S. & Shenk, D. (2017). The heritability fallacy [Individual Development & Behavior Collection]. WIREs Cognitive Science, 8. doi: 10.1002/wcs.1400

Christodoulou, J.,* Johnson, S. P., Moore, D. M., & Moore, D. S. (2016). Seeing double: Five-month-olds’ mental rotation of dynamic, 3D block stimuli presented on dual monitors. Infant Behavior & Development, 45, 64 – 70.

Moore, D. S. (2016). The developmental systems approach and the analysis of behavior. The Behavior Analyst, 39, 243 – 258. DOI 10.1007/s40614-016-0068-3

Moore, D. S. (2015). The developing genome: An introduction to behavioral epigenetics. New York: Oxford University Press.

“Current Thinking About Nature and Nurture,” in Kostas Kampourakis, ed., The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, New York, NY: Springer, 2013.

“Behavioral Genetics, Genetics, & Epigenetics,” in Philip D. Zelazo, ed., Oxford Handbook of  Developmental Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Big B, little b: Myth #1 is that Mendelian Genes Actually Exist,” in Sheldon Krimsky and  Jeremy Gruber, eds., Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2013.

“Sex Differences in Normal Fetuses and Infants: A Commentary,” Child Development Perspectives, vol. 6, no. 4 (November 2012).

“Importing the Homology Concept from Biology into Developmental Psychology,”  Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 55, no. 1 (June 2012).

The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller, in Science & Education, vol. 21, no. 4 (April 2012).

“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.

Selected Conferences Presentations and Invited Talks

“Cognitive Development: The Role of Epigenetics,” invited talk at Georgetown University, Washington DC, January 24, 2018.

“Epigenetics, Psychology, and Developmental Science,” invited talk at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, September 14, 2017.

“What Are You Afraid of? Infant Attention to Fearful and Happy Facial Expressions in the Context of Novel Objects,” poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April 2013. With Alison Goldstein and Patricia A. Smiley.

“Epigenetics: The Bridge between Biology and Psychology,” invited lecture to the Pomona College chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, Claremont, CA, April 11, 2013.

“Infants’ Visual-Manual Object Exploration and Mental Rotation Performance,” paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April 2013. With Lauren E. Krogh and Scott P. Johnson.

“Epigenesis and the Epigenetics Revolution,” invited lecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 11, 2012.

“Mental Rotation in 5-month-olds Tested with Paired Stimuli,” paper presented at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 8, 2012. With Scott P. Johnson.

“Core Knowledge, Evolution, and Development,” paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada, June 1, 2012.

“Mental Rotation of 3D Objects in Early Infancy,” invited lecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2012.

“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

Recipient of the American Psychological Association’s William James Book Award, for an
“outstanding” book that synthesizes “diverse subfields of psychology & related disciplines” (2016)

Recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Eleanor Maccoby Book Award, for a book
that has had a “profound effect” on Developmental Psychology (2016)

Co-editor, Special Issue: Homology in Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 55, no. 1 (January 2013). With Chris Moore.

MRI: Acquisition of a High-density Electrophysiology Laboratory for Intercollegiate Research and Training in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Science Foundation. 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, 2010-2011. Principal Investigator: David S. Moore, co-P.I.: Chris Moore.

Additional Information

Claremont Infant Study Center (Baby Lab)

Personal Website

Reprints of publications are available on David Moore’s website.


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