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Research Interests

I primarily conduct experiments on human memory accuracy. Most of my research focuses three issues:

1. Eyewitness Memory​

  • Eyewitnesses can make mistakes when recalling crimes and those mistakes can lead to miscarriages of justice. I am interested in identifying factors that harm eyewitness memory accuracy (e.g., how tired an eyewitness is) and identifying ways of improving eyewitness memory accuracy (e.g., whether some interview styles are better than others).

2. Juror Memory


  • Jurors can misremember trial evidence. I am interested in knowing how well mock jurors recall trial evidence, knowing whether jurors who misremember trial evidence have biased verdicts, and identifying ways of improving jurors' recall of trial evidence (e.g., by permitting note taking during a trial).


3. Collaborative remembering


  • Collaborative remembering is an everyday activity occurring in many settings, including social settings (e.g., friends recalling a holiday together), universities (e.g., study groups recalling lecture content), and the workplace (e.g., interview panels recalling a candidate's performance when making an employment decision). When groups recall shared experiences, their members can make mistakes. I am interested in identifying the factors that determine how completely and accurately groups recall shared experiences.

Craig Thorley, Psychology, Memory
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