Department of Psychology - Faculty Details


Dr. Ava Santos

Dr. Ava Santos
Associate Professor of Psychology


  • Cognitive psychology 
  • Experimental psychology 
  • Categorization 
  • Memory errors  


  • Ph.D., Emory University, 2007
  • M.A., Emory University, 2004
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine, 2002


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About Dr. Ava Santos

Ava Santos is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Fort Lewis College. She joined the college in 2007. Santos’s research focuses on the ways in which people represent knowledge in relation to language, memory, and the environment. She recently completed data collection for a memory conjunction errors experiment using faces as stimuli. Santos has frequently collaborated with students to present findings at poster symposiums and professional conferences. Prior to joining the faculty of Fort Lewis College, Santos was a Ph.D student, course intructor, and teaching assistant at Emory University.
At Fort Lewis College, Santos serves as an Instructional Technology Committee member and an Institutional Review Board member. She previously advised Psi Chi and the Psychology Club on campus. Santos has served as a textbook reviewer for Pearson Publishers and Worth Publishers and as a conference reviewer for the Cognitive Science Society, European Cognitive Science Society, Memory & Cognition, and the Southeastern Psychological Association. She is also a member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and the Society for the Teaching of Philosophy. 

Selected Publications and Presentations 

“Conditions that Modulate Perceptual Interference,” co-presented with L. W. Barsalou and C. D. Wilson, Cognitive Science Society Conference, Sapporo, Japan, 2012 
“Property Generation Reflects Word Association and Situated Simulation,” co-authored with L. W. Barsalou, S. E. Chaigneau, and W. K. Simmons, Journal of Language and Cognition, 2011 
“Perceptual Interference Occurs During Memory Retrieval,” co-presented with L. W. Barsalou and C. D. Wilson, Cognitive Science Society Conference, Boston, MA, 2011 
“Language and Simulation in Conceptual Processing,” co-authored with L. W. Barsalou, W. K. Simmons, and C. D. Wilson, Symbols, Embodiment, and Meaning, 2008 
“Embodiment in Religious Knowledge,” co-authored with L. W. Barsalou, A. K. Barbey, and W. K. Simmons, Journal of Cognition and Culture, 2005