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Applied cognitive psychology

Expertise: Applied cognitive psychology

Memory and meta-memory (knowledge of one's own memory) are critical for good decision making in many applied settings. Consider a police investigator trying to tell the difference between accurate and inaccurate witness reports, a juror trying to process evidence effectively to arrive at a verdict, or a student trying to prioritise her time when studying for an exam. Cognitive psychology allows us to study memory and decision making and better understand the factors that lead to good (and bad) memory performance.

We have expertise in conducting research on memory and decision making in basic and applied settings. Our research includes work on memory and metacognition, eyewitness identification, juror decision making, security screening, video game play, and educational testing.


  • ARC Discovery Project (2014-2016, DP140103746) How feedback can impair recognition judgments and undermine border security, criminal investigations, educational testing, and medical screening. (Contact: Matt Palmer)
  • The Economic and Social Research Council (2010-2012) The effects of liking bias on eyewitness identifications. (Contact: Jim Sauer)
  • The Economic and Social Research Council (2012-2013) Learning from the expert: Can observing the oculomotor behaviour of expert face processors improve training of face matching? (Contact: Jim Sauer)
  • British Academy (2014-2015) Identifying how and why different recall tests affect subsequent learning of information. (Contact: Jim Sauer)
  • Juror decision-making: Understanding jurors' processing of inconsistent evidence (Contact: Matt Palmer)
  • Music cognition: Factors that affect source memory for melodies (Contact: Matt Palmer)
  • Videogame play: Effects on behaviour and cognition (Contact: Jim Sauer).
  • The strategic regulation of recall memory (Contact: Jim Sauer)
  • Metacognitive cues to recognition (Contact: Jim Sauer)

We have a constant stream of projects in the areas of applied memory and decision-making. For more information, contact Jim Sauer or Matt Palmer.


  • Eyewitness
  • Memory
  • Confidence
  • Metacognition
  • Videogames
  • Juror decisions
  • Signal detection: Compound decisions