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Kay Livesay Associate Professor

Kay Livesay

Associate Professor


B.S. University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

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Academic Interests:
My primary areas of research involve language processing (lexical and sentential). I have an active research program with a team of undergraduate students. We (my undergraduates and I) recently presented new findings at WPA in Irvine. If you are interested in being a member of the team please contact me.


  • Livesay, K. & Burgess, C. (2003). Mediated Priming in the Cerebral Hemispheres, Brain & Cognition, 53, 283-286.
  • Burgess, C & Livesay, K. (1998). The effect of corpus size in predicting reaction time in a basic word recognition task: Moving on from Kucera and Francis. Behavior Research Methods, Instrument Computers, 30, 272-277.
  • Livesay, K, & Burgess, C. (1998). Mediated priming in high-dimensional semantic space: No effect of direct semantic relationships or co-occurrence. Brain & Cognition, 37, 102-105.
  • Burgess, C., Livesay, K. & Lund, K. (1998). Explorations in context space: Words, sentences, discourse. Discourse Processes, 25, 211-257.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Cognition (PSYC 283)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (PSYC 252)
  • Seminar in Cognition (PSYC 383)
  • Cogneuroscience (PSYC 389)
  • Psychology of Language (PSYC 288)

Biographical Information

I like to cook (and eat), play soccer, hike, garden and read science fiction (not necessarilly in that order).