Projects

CORVIDS

Fully reconstruct raw integer data from summary statistcs (mean, sd, sample size, and scale limits).

Shiny Effect Sizes

A Shiny port of Daniel Lakens’ effect size calculator spreadsheets.

Two Sisters, One Dark Sky

A project pulling weather data via the Dark Sky API and using R to analyze and visualize it.

Publications

  • Processing without noticing in inattentional blindness: A replication of Moore & Egeth (1997) and Mack & Rock (1998)

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  • As if by magic: An abrupt change in motion direction induces change blindness

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  • The role of similarity in inattentional blindness: Selective enhancement, selective suppression, or both?

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  • Selective attention in inattentional blindness: Selection is specific but suppression is not

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  • Reconciling change blindness with long-term memory for objects

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2015 - Present | PhD in Psychology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Advisor: Daniel J. Simons
Interim MS in Psychology in 2017
Masters Thesis: Similarity and feature dimensions in inattentional blindness

2011 - 2015 | B.A. in Psychology

University of California Berkeley
Highest Honors in Psychology
Highest Distinction in General Scholarship


Research Positions

2015 - Present | The Visual Cognition Laboratory

Graduate Student Researcher
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PI: Daniel J. Simons

2013 - 2015 | The Whitney Lab for Perception and Action

Undergraduate Research Assistant
University of California Berkeley
PI: David Whitney


Employment

May 2018 - Aug 2018 | Core Data Science Intern, Facebook

Big data (Hive, Spark, Presto), exploratory analysis & visualization, gradient-boosted decision tree modeling, user studies.

2017 - 2018 | Programmer and consultant

Created a Mechanical Turk pipeline for a study on trauma and recovery using boto3 for Python, TurkGate, and custom qualifications.

2017 - 2018 | Programmer and statistical consultant (freelance)

Mazar/Srull Replication
Registered Replication Reports, Perspectives on Psychological Science
Conducted planned and exploratory meta-analysis and meta-regression in R. Created visualizations.

2016 - 2017 | Programmer and statistical consultant (freelance)

Dijksterhuis Replication
Registered Replication Reports, Perspectives on Psychological Science
Programmed cross-platform experiment in Python. Conducted planned and exploratory meta-analysis in R. Created visualizations. Provided technical and localization support.


Publications

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2018). Processing without noticing in inattentional blindness: A replication of Moore & Egeth (1997) and Mack & Rock (1998). Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(1), 1-11. doi: 10.3758/s13414-018-1629-1

Yao, R., Wood, K., & Simons, D. J. (2018). As if by magic: An abrupt change in motion direction induces change blindness. In press at Psychological Science.

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2017). The role of similarity in inattentional blindness: Selective enhancement, selective suppression, or both? Visual Cognition, 1–9. http://doi.org/10.1080/13506285.2017.1365791

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2017). Selective attention in inattentional blindness: Selection is specific but suppression is not. Collabra: Psychology, 3(1), 19. http://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.90

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2017). Reconciling change blindness with long-term memory for objects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 79(2), 438-448. http://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-016-1240-2

Wolfe, B. A., Kosovicheva, A. A., Leib, A. Y., Wood K., & Whitney, D. (2015). Foveal input is not required for perception of crowd facial expressions. Journal of Vision, 15(4):11. http://doi.org/10.1167/15.4.11.


Teaching and Mentorship

2018 | Mentor, Mentor Matching Engine

Served as a social science mentor to high school students conducting independent research projects.

Fall 2017 | Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Experimental Psychology

Weekly lab sections featuring lectures, demos, and in-class experiments.

Spring 2015 | Co-Instructor, A Simple Introduction to Practical Programming

Course designed to introduce fundamental programming and data analysis principles to social science majors using Python and R. Weekly lecture, weekly problem sets, and a mid-term programming project.

Fall 2013 - Spring 2015 | Instructor, Psychology Publications Workshop

Course designed to teach the fundamentals of scientific writing and editing. Produced an new issue of the Undergraduate Journal of Psychology at Berkeley each year featuring original research conducted by undergraduates across the country.


Honors and Awards

2017 | Best Paper Award

Reconciling change blindness with long-term memory for objects.
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

2017 | National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

2016 | Travel Award (OPAM)

2015 | Illinois Distinguished Fellowship

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin
A three-year fellowship awarded to exceptional applicants to the graduate program.

2015 | Warner Brown Memorial Prize

University of California Berkeley
Awarded to the graduating senior in the Department of Psychology who has shown the greatest promise in psychological research.


Presentations

Wood, K., & Simons, D. (2017). Attention sets in sustained inattentional blindness are category-based. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 1208-1208. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Widdowson, C., LaValle, S., Wang, R., Huber, E., Kumar, A., & Wood, K. (2017). Discriminability of Prediction Artifacts in a Head-Mounted Display. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 495-495. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2016). Isolating the roles of similarity to attended and ignored items in inattentional blindness. Talk presented at the Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM) Workshop, Boston, MA.

Wood, K. & Simons, D. J. (2016). Long-term memory and change blindness. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 45. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Wood, K., Wolfe, B., Kosovicheva, A., & Whitney, D. (2015). Speeded breakthrough of faces in interocular suppression requires configural information. Journal of Vision, 15(3), 148. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Wood, K., Wolfe, B., Kosovicheva, A., Leib, A. Y., & Whitney, D. (2014). Foveal input is not required for ensemble coding of emotional faces. Journal of Vision, 14(3), 884. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL.


Memberships

Vision Sciences Society
Psychonomic Society
Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science