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Kate M. Chapman

Kate M. Chapman

Teaching Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4256

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As a comparative and cognitive psychologist, Dr. Chapman's research compares the cognitive abilities and behavior of humans and animals. Her specialized research area is in the field of comparative motor planning, which investigates the extent to which adults, children, and nonhuman animals plan their motor actions and behaviors in anticipation of a goal.  She is particularly interested in research questions concerning the cognitive planning abilities that underlie object manipulation and tool-use behavior. She is also interested in research concerning teaching and learning in undergraduate psychology courses.

PSYC 3073: Research Methods

PSYC 2103: Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 4193: Comparative Psychology

UNIV 1001: University Perspectives

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2013 
M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 2010 
B.A., New College of Florida, 2004

Chapman, K.M. & Rosenbaum, D.J. (In press). Bimanual comfort depends on how extreme either hand’s posture is, not on which hand is in the more extreme posture. Psychological Research.

Chapman, K.M. & Weiss, D.J. (2013) Pulling to Scale: Motor planning for sequences of repeated actions by cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 39(2), 180-186. doi: 10.1037/a0031775

Rosenbaum, D. A., Chapman, K. M., Coelho, C. J., Gong, L., & Studenka,B. E. (2013). Choosing actions. Frontiers in Cognition, Consciousness and Action Control, 4, Article 273. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00273

Rosenbaum, D.A., Chapman, K.M., Weigelt, M., Weiss, D.J., & van der Wel, R. (2012). Cognition, action and object manipulation. Psychological Bulletin, 138, 924-946.

Weiss, D.J., Chapman, K.M., Wark, J.D., & Rosenbaum, D.A. (2012). Motor planning in primates. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 244.

Chapman, K.M., Weiss, D.J., & Rosenbaum, D.A. (2010). Evolutionary roots of motor planning: The end-state comfort effect in lemurs. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 124, 229-232.

Weiss, D.J. & Chapman, K. (2010). Animal Learning and Behavior. In Weiner, I.B. & Craighead, W.E.(eds.) The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology 4th Edition, (1), 107-110, Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, N.J.