David Moore

Professor of Psychology
Director of the Claremont Infant Study Center

On leave/sabbatical Fall ’16 and Spring ’17

With Pitzer Since: 1989
Field Group: Psychology
Campus Address: Broad Hall 108
Phone: 909.607.1648
Email: David_Moore
Office Hours: 
Related Website: Claremont Infant Study Center

Educational Background

MA, PhD, Harvard University
BA, Tufts University

Research Interests

Cognitive development; the development of mental rotation; infant-directed speech; categorization in infancy; electrophysiological methods in the study of infant perception; perception of numerosity in infancy.

Recent Courses

Introduction to Psychology (PSY10)
Senior Research Methods (PSY112)
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY125)
Monkey Business: Controversies in Human Evolution (PSY130)
Seeking Human Nature: The History and Science of Innateness (PSY138)
Cognitive Development (PSY154)
Seminar in Developmental Psychology (PSY199)

Selected Publications

“Current Thinking About Nature and Nurture,” in Kostas Kampourakis, ed., The Philosophy of Biology: A Companion for Educators, New York, NY: Springer, 2013.

“Behavioral Genetics, Genetics, & Epigenetics,” in Philip D. Zelazo, ed., Oxford Handbook of  Developmental Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Big B, little b: Myth #1 is that Mendelian Genes Actually Exist,” in Sheldon Krimsky and  Jeremy Gruber, eds., Genetic Explanations: Sense and Nonsense. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 2013.

“Sex Differences in Normal Fetuses and Infants: A Commentary,” Child Development Perspectives, vol. 6, no. 4 (November 2012).

“Importing the Homology Concept from Biology into Developmental Psychology,”  Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 55, no. 1 (June 2012).

The Mirage of a Space between Nature and Nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller, in Science & Education, vol. 21, no. 4 (April 2012).

“Mental Rotation of Dynamic, Three-Dimensional Stimuli by 3-month-old Infants,” Infancy, 16 (2011). With S.P. Johnson.

“Neural Re-use as a Source of Developmental Homology,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33 (2010). With C. Moore.

Selected Conferences Presentations and Invited Talks

“What Are You Afraid of? Infant Attention to Fearful and Happy Facial Expressions in the Context of Novel Objects,” poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April 2013. With Alison Goldstein and Patricia A. Smiley.

“Epigenetics: The Bridge between Biology and Psychology,” invited lecture to the Pomona College chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, Claremont, CA, April 11, 2013.

“Infants’ Visual-Manual Object Exploration and Mental Rotation Performance,” paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA, April 2013. With Lauren E. Krogh and Scott P. Johnson.

“Epigenesis and the Epigenetics Revolution,” invited lecture at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 11, 2012.

“Mental Rotation in 5-month-olds Tested with Paired Stimuli,” paper presented at the 18th Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, MN, June 8, 2012. With Scott P. Johnson.

“Core Knowledge, Evolution, and Development,” paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Toronto, Canada, June 1, 2012.

“Mental Rotation of 3D Objects in Early Infancy,” invited lecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 19, 2012.

“Reintegrating Evo and Devo: A Consideration of the Problem,” paper presented at a symposium entitled “Reintegrating Evolution and Development in Developmental Research” at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, April 2011.

“Visual-Manual Object Exploration and Mental Rotation in Infancy,” paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada, April 2011. With L. E. Krogh and S.P. Johnson.

“On Interactions between Genetic and Environmental Contributors to Behavioral Development,” invited address at the meeting of the California Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA, February 2011.

“The Epigenetic Revolution: Changing Views of Biopsychological Inheritance, and What It All Means for Society,” invited lecture at The UCLA Center for Society and Genetics, May 20, 2010.

Selected Grants, Awards and Honors

Co-editor, Special Issue: Homology in Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychobiology, vol. 55, no. 1 (January 2013). With Chris Moore.

MRI: Acquisition of a High-density Electrophysiology Laboratory for Intercollegiate Research and Training in Cognitive Neuroscience, National Science Foundation. Principal Investigator: Alan Hartley, co-PIS: David S. Moore, Catherine Reed, Michael Spezio, & Stacey Wood.

Workshop: Exploring the Concept of Homology in Developmental Psychology, National Science Foundation, 2010-2011. Principal Investigator: David S. Moore, co-P.I.: Chris Moore.

Additional Information

Claremont Infant Study Center (Baby Lab)

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Website

These reprints of publications are available in pdf format.

A Very Little Bit of Knowledge: Re-Evaluating the Meaning of the Heritability of IQ

Individuals and populations: How biology’s theory and data have interfered with the integration of development and evolution

Espousing Interactions and Fielding Reactions: Addressing Laypeople’s Beliefs About Genetic Determinism

Probing Predispositions: The Pragmatism of a Process Perspective

Mental Rotation in Human Infants

Mental Rotation of Dynamic, Three-Dimensional Stimuli by 3-Month-Old Infants

Importing the Homology Concept from Biology into Developmental Psychology

Categorization of Infant-Directed Speech: Development From 4 to 6 Months

Perception Precedes Computation: Can Familiarity Preferences Explain Apparent Calculation by Human Babies?

Six-Month-Olds’ Categorization of Natural Infant-Directed Utterances

Infants’ Visual Preferences in the Presence and Absence of Auditory Stimulation

Effect of Auditory Numerical Information on Infants’ Looking Behavior: Contradictory Evidence

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