• Cognition, Attention, Law & Memory Lab

  • What We Do

    Our Research

    Applied Attention & Memory

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

    Our Research

    Attention & Memory in the Legal System

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

    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.

    The CALM lab

    We're a team!


    Our lab mission is to better understand the role of attention and memory in various applied contexts (so far, we’ve been focused exclusively on the legal system)! We aim to ask questions and provide answers that can directly improve people’s lives. Disseminating this work is an essential component of the laboratory. The lab is a community where everyone who is interested in contributing to our mission is welcome. We are committed to viewing each member as a whole person whose life exists inside and outside of the lab. We are especially interested in recruiting new members and collaborators who are interested in contributing to our mission while being a great community team-player. We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community. Excellence can only be achieved via a diverse & supported team.

  • 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 fallibility of attention and 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 inaccurate and 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 to begin in the Fall of 2021. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Moore to indicate their intent to apply. Dr. Moore will provide copies of recent publications, information about where the lab's research is going, and can share her lab manuals.

    We especially encourage students from underrepresented or marginalized groups to apply! People who identify as women, people of color, and/or persons from less socially privileged backgrounds are less likely to apply for positions unless they meet all qualifications. I would encourage you to apply even if you do not meet every qualification listed for graduate admission. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact me to discuss your application.

    Applicants who are great fits for the lab are interested in spending a lot of time for 5+ years focusing on researching the topics that we study in the lab. I'm most interested in recruiting a motivated, passionate, hard-working student. Beyond this, it is a bonus if students already have research experience in psychology, research methods skills, statistical analysis skills, computing skills (e.g., basic computing, database software, coding/programming), methodological skills (e.g., basic research, eye tracking, EEG, etc.), writing skills, and/or speaking skills.

    If you would like to apply but anticipate logistical barriers (e.g., cost, travel, requirements) please contact Dr. Moore to discuss. Applications are due on December 1st annually. Applicants applying for admittance for the Fall of 2021 are not required to submit GRE scores and should know that interviews will take place entirely online. 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.

    Prospective Undergraduate Students

    Gain valuable research experience for your resume!

    Our lab accepts undergraduate students as research assistants so that they may gain hands-on research experience for course credit (or on a volunteer basis after one credit-seeking term in the lab).

    Undergraduate research assistants (RAs) are an integral part of the CALM lab. RAs learn more about attention and memory in the legal system and help conduct research that is disseminated worldwide to other scientists, policy makers, and the legal system. RAs often have the opportunity to be involved in the lab in an advanced way (e.g., professional presentations, data analysis, independent project, etc.).

    Working in the CALM lab is great for building your resume to be more competitive for jobs, for graduate school, law school, or medical school.
    Who should apply?
    Students who are extremely interested in spending at least a few hours a week working on the topics that we study. We especially encourage students from underrepresented or marginalized groups to apply! We prefer applicants who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and who have some exposure to psychological research through their classes (i.e.., psychology classes). We value all of the following: coursework in Psychology (especially Cognitive or Legal Psychology) or related fields (e.g., Sociology, Criminology, etc.), coursework or experience in research methods &/or statistics, coding skills, computer programming skills, writing skills, and speaking skills. That being said, no advanced skills or knowledge is necessary. You'll get hands-on training for all the things you'll do in the lab. It's rare for an applicant to have one or more of these valued qualities.
    Students must commit to being an RA in the lab for at least two semesters due to the intensive training involved in being an RA. In addition, students must be able to attend weekly lab meetings.
    Lab hours are scheduled around your obligations. RAs typically work 6-9 hours a week in the lab. We are as flexible and inclusive as possible to allow anyone who is interested in participate in the lab, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're interested but need accommodations to be involved!
    If you'd like to join the lab, fill out the application below and email it to Dr. Kara Moore. Dr. Moore typically interviews RAs in October-November for the Spring semester and March-April for the Fall semester, but she accepts applications at any time.


    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

    Blake Nesmith, M.A.

    Aspen Madrid, M.A.

    Zoe Arthurs

    Presley Burch

    Kassandra Gaona

    Victoria Murphy

    Jordyn Pope

    Jon Schneider

    Erin Stoll

    Emily Walden

    Kayla Reed

    Katherine Lindgren

    Allyson Spiva



    Sydney Long

    Adrianna Rowden

    Regann McCorkle

    Shakeira Brown

    Jonathan Schneider

    Inga Mazur

    Kat Allee

    Cassie Stear

    Dea Saraqini

    Rae Sullivan

    Ashley Kerley

    Joel Vargeese