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Elizabeth J. Marsh, Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Associate Chair in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

Elizabeth J. Marsh

Research Summary:
My research focuses on understanding learning and memory, and the processes that make memory accurate in some cases and erroneous in others. One interest is how people acquire and update their knowledge bases. Of interest are the conditions that promote learning and long-term retention of knowledge, the mechanisms through which errors enter the knowledge base, the correction of misconceptions, and the phenomenology of knowledge representations. These interests coincide with the goals of educators, meaning that this work has implications for educational practice. A second interest involves remembering the personal past. Of interest is how people retrieve and use memories in social contexts, and the memorial consequences of such behavior. The ways memories are recalled in everyday situations typically differ from how recall is studied in the lab, and a complete understanding of memory must encompass how memory is actually used. My training was in cognitive psychology, with an emphasis on behavioral experiments. While much of my work focuses on memory in young adults, new research is extending this work to young children and older adults, to capture a lifespan perspective on remembering.


Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

Representative Publications:   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. LK Fazio, NM Brashier, BK Payne and EJ Marsh (2015). Knowledge does not protect against illusory truth.. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 144(5), 993-1002. [doi]  [abs]
  2. SA Deffler, AS Brown and EJ Marsh (2015). Judging the familiarity of strangers: does the context matter?. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 22(4), 1041-1047. [doi]  [abs]
  3. AS Brown, K Croft Caderao, LM Fields and EJ Marsh (2015). Borrowing Personal Memories. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29(3), 471-477. [doi]
  4. AD Cantor, AN Eslick, EJ Marsh, RA Bjork and EL Bjork (2015). Multiple-choice tests stabilize access to marginal knowledge.. Memory & cognition, 43(2), 193-205. [doi]  [abs]
  5. LK Fazio, PO Dolan and EJ Marsh (2015). Learning misinformation from fictional sources: Understanding the contributions of transportation and item-specific processing. Memory, 23(2), 167-177. [doi]  [abs]

Courses (Fall 2015):

  • Psy 757s.01, Cog neuro presentation i Synopsis
    Perkins 060, M 03:05 PM-04:35 PM
  • Psy 763s.01, P&n first year seminar i Synopsis
    Languages 312, M 03:05 PM-04:35 PM
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

Postdocs Mentored

  • Katie Arnold (2013 - present)  
  • Andrew Butler (2009 - present)  

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