Kevin J. Holmes
Associate Professor of Psychology
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics
I am a cognitive scientist who studies the structure of human knowledge. Two broad, interrelated questions guide my work: (1) How does language reflect and shape the way we think? (2) How do people reason about complex, real-world issues? My research exploring these questions engages undergraduate students as close collaborators in all aspects of the scientific process. My teaching focuses on core topics in cognitive psychology and fundamentals of research design and data analysis, with the goal of preparing students for lives of thoughtful, evidence-based inquiry. Beyond Reed, I am active in the interdisciplinary cognitive science community and have served on the program committee for the Cognitive Science Society's annual conference. I hold a B.A. in human biology and an M.A. in psychology from Stanford University, and I earned my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at Emory University. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive science at UC Berkeley. Before joining the Reed faculty in 2020, I was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Colorado College for six years.