• Cognition, Attention, Law & Memory Lab

  • What We Do

    Our Research

    Memory, Psychology, & Law

    We conduct research in the laboratory and the field with law enforcement, college students, children, and elderly adults. Our research concerns memory including how it works and how it often times does not work. We are especially interested in the role of psychology in the legal system.

    Our Research

    Memory, Psychology, & Law

    We study conditions under which memory is likely to be inaccurate and ways of making it more accurate. Some of this research concern’s children’s memory. In addition, we do research on the role of attention and memory in searching for missing and wanted persons.

    Prospective Graduate Students

    Complete your Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University with Dr. Moore!

    Dr. Moore anticipates admitting a graduate student in the Fall of 2021. The application deadline is December 1, 2020. If you are interested please see the Get Involved section of this web page.

  • Projects

    Here is some of our current work!

    Empathy & Missing Persons

    How does the empathy citizens feel towards missing persons impact their search behavior?

    Research in social psychology suggests that feeling empathy can lead to prosocial behaviors. Together with two undergraduate collaborators from Knox College and the University of Southern Maine, we will examine how feelings of empathy impact missing persons searches.

    Information Modality

    What effect does the way information is received have on eyewitness memory?

    People can intercept information in many different ways (e.g., conversations, news, social media, etc.). Together with an undergraduate collaborator at Knox College, we are studying the effects of information modality on eyewitness memory.

    Vigilance & Missing Persons

    How well do citizens sight missing persons when the search has their full attention?

    Research on how citizens search for missing persons has focused on how people search when they are multi-tasking (e.g., searching while doing another unrelated task). However, many people volunteer for search parties. The CALM lab and Dr. Jack Arnal plan to investigate the role of vigilance in searching for missing people.

  • Kara Moore, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology (Experimental)

    Oklahoma State University


    My primary research interest is the malleability of human memory - the cognitive processes that cause memories to change over time. My research focuses on theoretical issues in cognitive psychology and the application of memory in the legal system. With regards to application, I aim to understand how to improve human memory in order to make the legal system function more efficiently. Two major lines of research are being pursued: (1) children's and adults' use of metacognitive strategies to prevent false memories and (2) the role of memory and attention in the search for missing and wanted persons.



    Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, 2017, The University of Arkansas

    M.A., Experimental Psychology, 2014, The University of Arkansas

    B.A., Psychology, 2012, The University of Texas at Arlington


    If you are interested in becoming a member of the lab or participating in our research, please contact Dr. Kara Moore at kara.moore@okstate.edu

    Prospective Graduate Students

    Earn a Ph.D. in Experimental Cognitive Psychology!

    Dr. Moore anticipates accepting a graduate student for the Fall of 2021. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Moore to discuss interest in the lab, and to follow the link below to learn about applying to the Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University. Applicants should complete the OSU Graduate College Application and an application to the Experimental Psychology Program.

    Prospective Undergraduate Students

    Gain valuable research experience for your resume!

    Students who join the lab gain a better understanding of why and how psychological research is conducted, are more competitive when applying for graduate school/employment, and gain experience that will be useful in future careers and higher education. Students have the opportunity to earn course credit (via supervised/independent study). To apply, please fill out the application and email it to Dr. Kara Moore.


    Contribute to scientific discovery by participating in our studies!

    Currently all projects being conducted by the CALM lab are recruiting undergraduate students as participants. If you are interested in being notified of future opportunities to participate in research please email Dr. Kara Moore.

    Collaborate with the CALM lab!

    We are open to collaborations with researchers, lawyers, police officers, and other professionals. If you are interested in collaborating contact PI Kara Moore.

    We are particularly interested in issues related to missing persons, wanted persons, false memories, meta-cognition, memory in education, and memory and health.

  • People

    Current and Past Members of the Lab

    Current Members

    Zoe Arthurs

    Presley Burch

    Kassandra Gaora

    Sydney Long

    Victoria Murphy

    Jordyn Pope

    Adrianna Rowden

    Jon Schneider

    Erin Stoll

    Emily Walden



    Regann McCorkle

    Shakeira Brown

    Jonathan Schneider

    Inga Mazur

    Dea Saraqini

    Rae Sullivan

    Ashley Kerley

    Joel Vargeese

  • Publications

    Moore, K. N. & Lampinen, J. M. (2019). The Role of Attention and Memory in the Search for Missing Persons. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Doi: 10.1016/j.jarmac.2019.01.005


    Moore, K. N., Provenzano, A. C., & Lampinen. J. M. (2018). The role of incentives and expectations of encounter on prospective person memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology.


    Moore, K. N., Lampinen, J. M., Gallo, D. A., & Bridges, A. J. (2017). Effects of feedback and test practice on recollection and retrieval monitoring: comparing first graders, third graders, and adults. Memory. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2017.1360356


    Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., Moore, K.N., & Race, B. (in press). Applied experimental learning and memory theory. In: K. Sexton-Radek and M. Bar (Eds.). Psychological studies for a global perspective. Hyderabad: OMICS Publishing Group.


    Moore, K. N., Lampinen, J. M., Gallo, D. A, *Adams, E. J., & Bridges, A. J. (2017). Children’s use of memory editing strategies to reject source misinformation. Child Development.http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12716


    Moore, K. N., & Lampinen, J. M. (2016). The use of recollection rejection in the misinformation paradigm. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(6), 992-1004. doi: 10.1002/acp.3291


    Moore, K. N., Lampinen, J. M., & Provenzano, A. (2016). The role of temporal and spatial information cues in locating missing persons. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 514-525. doi: 10.1002/acp.3242.


    Lampinen, J. M., & Moore, K. N. (2016). Missing person alerts: Does repeated exposure decrease their effectiveness?. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s11292-016-9263-1.


    Lampinen, J.M., & Moore, K.N. (2016). Prospective person memory in the search for missing persons. In C.S. Colls & S. Morewitz (Eds.). Handbook of missing persons. New York City: Springer.


    Erickson, W. B., Lampinen, J. M., & Moore, K. N. (2015). Eyewitness identifications by older and younger adults: A meta-analysis and discussion. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31(2), 108-121. doi:10.1007/s11896-015-9176-3.


    Lampinen, J. M., Roush, A., Erickson, W. B., Moore, K. N., & Race, B. (2015). The effects of simulated distance on recognition of same race and other race faces. Visual Cognition, 23(6), 678-698. doi: 10.1080/13506285.2015.1084071


    Lampinen, J. M., Erickson, W. B., Moore, K. N., & Hittson, A. (2014). Effects of distance on face recognition: implications for eyewitness identification. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21(6), 1489-1494. doi: 10.3758/s13423-014-0641-2