Kathleen Silva

Professor, Psychology

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Larsen Hall
P: 909.748.8674
E: kathleen_silva@redlands.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Animal learning

  • Behavior modification

  • Comparative psychology

Description of Research

Dr. Silva studies response forms during Pavlovian conditioning, the comparative analysis of physical cognition, and the modification of musical preferences. For example, she recently has been studying how people's musical preferences are influenced by authority figures (critics) and modifiable through Pavlovian conditioning, and to what extent people's understanding of physical causality is modified by learning.


Courses Taught

PSYC 250 Statistical Methods

PSYC 300 Research Methods

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology


Silva, K. M., Silva, F. J., & Machado, A. (2019).  The evolution of the behavior systems framework and its connection to interbehavioral psychology.  Behavioural Processes, 158, 117-125.

Silva, F. J., & Silva, K. M. (2017).  Folk physics.  Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (J. Vonk & T. K. Shackelford, Eds.), 10pp.  Springer.

Silva, F. J., & Silva, K. M. (2016).  Primate tool use.  Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford, Eds.), 6pp. Springer.

Silva, F. J., & Silva, K. M. (2016).  Causal reasoning in rats (Blaisdell et al. 2006). Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford, Eds.), 5pp. Springer.

Silva, K. M., Gross, T. J., & Silva, F. J. (2015). Task-specific modulation of adult humans' tool preferences:  Number of choice and size of the problem. Learning & Behavior, 43, 44-53.

Silva, F. J., & Silva, K. M. (2012). More but not less uncertainty makes adult humans' tool selections more similar to those reported with crows. Learning & Behavior, 40, 494-506.

Pear, J. J.,  Schnerch, G. J., Silva, K. M., Svenningsen, L., & Lambert, J. (2011). Web-based computer-aided personalized system of instruction. In W. Buskist, and J. E. Groccia (Eds.), New Directions for Teaching and Learning: Evidence-based teaching (pp. 85-94). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.