Catherine L. Reed, Ph.D.

McElwee Family Professor of Psychology and George R. Roberts Fellow

Areas of Expertise:
Aging, Cognition, Cognitive Neuroscience, Decision Neuroscience, Electroencephalography, Human Behavior and Human Factors, Multisensory Perception

Catherine L. Reed
(909) 607-0740
(909) 621-8419
Seaman Hall 224
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I am a cognitive neuroscientist in the Psychology Dept at CMC and Neuroscience group at Keck Science. Using EEG and behavioral methods, my research examines influences of the body on attention, perception, and emotional processing.

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 2020-25  IUSE NSF 1914855 “Collaborative Proposal: Level II Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE)”

  •   2019-22  NSF SBE “Collaborative Research: Dissociating Perceptual and Motor Correlates of EEG Mu-Alpha and Beta Oscillations in Emotional Action Simulation”

  • 2016-2019 IUSE NSF “Collaborative Proposal: Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE)”

  • 2012-2015 NSF BCS 11-51209, “Embodied Attention: Attentional Guidance by Body Position”

  • 2010-2012 NSF BCS-1039791, Major Research Instrumentation Program: Instrument Acquisition or Development “MRI: Acquisition of a High-Density Electrophysiology Laboratory for Intercollegiate Research and Training in Cognitive Neuroscience”

  • McElwee Family Professor of Psychology and George R. Roberts Fellow

  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

  • Fellow, Western Psychological Association

  • Reed, CL., Moody, E.L., Mgrublian, K, Assaad, A., Schey, A., & McIntosh, D.N. (2020). Body matters in emotion: Restricted body movement and posture affect expression and recognition of status-related emotions. Frontiers Psychology (Emotional Science). 11:1961. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01961

  • Mueller, E.A., Wood, S.A., Hanoch, Y., Huang, Y., & Reed, C.L. (2020). Older and wiser: Age differences in susceptibility to investment fraud: the protective role of emotional intelligence. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 32(2), 152-172. https://doi: 10.1080/08946566.2020.1736704

  • Park, G. D., & Reed, C. L. (2020). Functional tool actions in near and far space affect the distribution of visual attention along the tool. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 46(4), 388–404.

  • Harris, A., Young, A., Hughson, L., Green, D., Doan, S.N., Hughson, E., & Reed, C.L. (2020). Perceived relative social status and cognitive load influence acceptance of unfair offers in the Ultimatum Game.  PLOS ONE.
  • Vyas, D., Garza, J.P, & Reed, C.L. (2019). Hand function, not proximity, biases visuotactile integration later in object processing: An ERP study. Consciousness and Cognition, 69, 26-35. DOI:

  • Siqi-Liu, A., Harris, A.M., Atkinson, A.P., & Reed, C.L. (2018). Dissociable processing of emotional and neutral body movements revealed by µ-alpha and beta Rhythms: Evidence from EEG. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(12), 1269-1279. DOI:

  • Moody, E.J., Reed, C.L., Van Bommel, T., App, B., & McIntosh, D.N. (2018). Emotional mimicry beyond the face: Rapid face and body responses to facial expressions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 9(7), 844-852. DOI:

  • Garza, J.P., Reed, C.L. & Roberts, R.R. (2018). Attention orienting near the hand following performed and imagined actions. Experimental Brain Research, 236(110), 2603-2610. DOI:

  • Morrisey, M., Reed, C.L., McIntosh, D.N. & Rutherford, M. (2018). Social context enhances social orienting for neurotypical participants but not for participants with ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9):3233-3243. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3592-z

  • Green, D., Harris, A., Young, A., & Reed, C.L. (2018). Embodied valuation: Action is associated with item values. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(8), 1734-1747.  DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2017.1360370

  • Reed, C.L., Bukach, C., Garber, M., & McIntosh, D.N. (2018). Relative independence of face and body posture processing. Perception, 47(6), 626-646. DOI: 10.1177/0301006618771270

  • Reed, C.L., & Ziat, M. (2018). Haptic Perception: From the Skin to the Brain. In Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology (pp 1-12). New York: Elsevier.

  • Clay, S.N., Clithero, J.A., Harris, A., & Reed, C.L. (2017).  Loss aversion reflects information processing, not bias: A drift diffusion model study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(1708). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01708

  • Reed C.L., Clay, S.N, Leland DS, Kramer A & Hartley AA. (2017) Attentional Effects of Hand Proximity Occur Later in Older Adults:  Evidence from Event-related Potentials. Psychology and Aging, 32(8), 710-721. doi: 10.1037/pag0000207

  • Harris, A., Vyas, D., & Reed, C.L. (2016). Holistic processing of body postures and parts. Psychological Bulletin and Review, 23, 1513–1519. DOI 10.3758/s13423-016-1027-4

  • Park, G., & Reed, C.L. (2015). Haptic over visual information in the distribution of visual attention after tool-use in near and far space. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2977-2988.  

  • Reed CL, Leland DS, Brekke B, & Hartley AA (2015) Attention's grasp: early and late hand proximity effects on visual evoked potentials. In Tseng, P. & Davoli, C., (Eds.). Taking a Hands-On Approach: Current Perspectives on the Effect of Hand Position on Vision. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-664-7

  • Klatzky, R.L., & Reed, C.L. (2015). Haptic exploration. Scholarpedia Encyclopedia of Touch. New York: SpringerVerlag.

  • Park, G., & Reed, C.L. (2014). Non-uniform changes in the distribution of visual attention from visual complexity and action: A driving simulation study. Perception, 43, 129-144

  • Reed, C.L., & McIntosh, D.N. (2013). The response is more than reflection: Mirror neurons function within social contexts.  Cortex, 49(10), 2960-2961. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2013.04.004

  • Reed CL, Leland DS, Brekke B, & Hartley AA (2013) Attention's grasp: early and late hand proximity effects on visual evoked potentials. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 420. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00420. 

  • Park, G., Strom, M., & Reed, C.L. (2013). To the end! Distribution of attention along a tool in peri- and extrapersonal space. Experimental Brain Research227, 423-432. 

  • Garza, J., Strom, M., Wright, C.E, Roberts, R., & Reed, C.L. (2013). Top-down influences mediate hand bias in spatial attention, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 819-823.

  • Reed, C.L. (2012).   Seeing you through me: Creating self-other correspondences for body perception. In K.L. Johnson and M. Shiffrar (eds.), People Watching: Social, Perceptual, and Neurophysiological Studies of Body Perception.  New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Reed, C.L., *Nyberg, A., & *Grubb, J. (2012). The embodiment of perceptual expertise and configural processing. Perception41, 436-446.

  • Reed, C.L., & McIntosh, D.N. (2008).  The social dance: On-line body perception in the context of others.  In R.L. Klatzky, B. MacWhinney & M. Behrmann (eds.), Embodiment, Ego-Space, and Action (pp. 77-110).  Hillsdale, NJ: Psychology Press.

  • Hagen, E., Couperus, J.W., Bukach, C.M., & Reed, C.L. (in press). Visualizing neuroscience: applying best practices when creating animations of difficult concepts In B. Brown & J. Holmes (Eds.). Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2017-18. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

  • Jackson, W., *Song, J., Steward, K., Couperus, J.W., Reed, C.L., & Bukach, C.M. (2019). Interactive neuroscience: Creating interactive web-based simulations to demonstrate difficult concepts through student-faculty collaboration. In B. Brown & J. Holmes (Eds.). Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2017-18. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

  • Bukach, C., *Stewart, K., Couperus, J.W., & Reed, C.L. (2019) Using Collaborative Models to Overcome Obstacles to Undergraduate Publication in Cognitive Neuroscience.  Frontiers in Psychology. 10:549. DOI: