Dr. Taglialatela earned her MA (2000) and her PhD (2004) in Cognitive Psychology from Georgia State University. Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, she worked as a Research Project Manager at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. Taglialatela regularly teaches Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, and Learning & Behavior, and occasionally teaches Cognitive Psychology. She has developed and delivered courses in hybrid and online formats, and currently serves as a peer-reviewer for KSU’s online courses through the Quality Matters program, and co-authored a chapter in Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Taglialatela has diverse research interests including face processing, utilization and impact of educational materials and resources, disparities between academic strategies and cognitive principles, and the interplay of conceptual and perceptual information in object identification and categorization. She has collected data from several populations and sources including children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or with ADHD, elderly persons out of compliance with recommended cancer screening, chimpanzees, bonobos, zoo patrons, and undergraduates using field observations, online and face-to-face surveys, medical record evaluations and other archival means, and automated tasks designed to measure performance variables such as accuracy and latency. With the assistance of numerous collaborators including fellow faculty, student research assistants, and volunteer post-bac researchers, Dr. Taglialatela has made over 70 presentations at professional conferences. She has published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; International Journal of Primatology; and the Journal of General Psychology and co-authored a chapter (Attention as it is manifest across species) in Wasserman and Zentall’s Comparative Cognition.
Dr. Taglialatela is an active member of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology and has served two terms as Council Member, served twice as Program Chair for the annual meeting, and is currently the Treasurer of the organization.