My ongoing research with various collaborators includes work on the following topics:
The roles of evidence and doubt in remembering
What happens when people discover evidence of experiences that they do not remember? What
happens when they are led to doubt whether the events they do remember
really happened? How do people resolve that doubt, and how does this process affect their memories?
research explores how people respond to credible suggestion, the types of strategies people use for verifying
memories, and the motivations that determine which strategies are
chosen. We also study the peculiar cases in which people cease believing
in an event, yet continue to remember it.
Eyewitness memory and interviewing techniques
foremost aim of eyewitness interviewing is to gather valuable
information without leading the witness to speculate or
confabulate. Recent years have seen important new research
developments in the field of investigative interviewing techniques, and
greater understanding of factors that can determine the quality and
quantity of information gathered.
research explores social psychological techniques that support memory
elicitation, such as rapport-building and witness eyeclosure. We
have also conducted research into the gathering of witness reports via a
remote (video-mediated) link.
Receiving and remembering feedback
In many contexts in everyday life - from education, to business, to sport - people receive descriptive feedback from others. For this feedback to be at all useful, people must attend to it and be able to remember it at a later time. Very little research, though, has explored the attentional and memory processes involved in receiving feedback.
Our research explores the cognitive processes that determine whether feedback 'sticks' in memory. We attempt to identify and understand the systematic biases that make certain kinds of feedback more easily and accurately remembered than others.