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Matt Palmer

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

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Matt Palmer is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Tasmania. He works in applied cognitive psychology and is a member of the Tasmanian Cognition Laboratory, the Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Tasmanian Institute for Law Enforcement Studies, and the Criminology, Law and Policing research group.


Matt joined the University of Tasmania in 2012 after holding postdoctoral research positions at the University of Adelaide (2009) and Flinders University (2009-2012). He completed his PhD in psychology at Flinders in 2009.

Career summary


  • PhD, Flinders University, Australia, 2009. Eyewitness identification from multiple lineups
  • BA (1st Class Hons), Flinders University, Australia, 2004. The effects of divided attention on eyewitness identification decisions
  • Grad. Dip. Psych. Flinders University, Australia, 2003


Professional practice

  • American Psychological Association (Division 21)
  • American Psychology-Law Society
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology Network
  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Administrative expertise

  • Degree coordination


Research methods, Statistics, Psychology and law, Cognition, Introductory psychology

Teaching expertise

Matt teaches research methods and statistics from first-year to postgraduate level, and has experience teaching in a wide range of psychology courses (e.g., introductory psychology, cognition, psychological assessment, organisational psychology). He has developed and teaches an upper-level undergraduate unit in Psychology and Law, and supervises student projects in applied cognitive psychology.

Teaching responsibility


Units (all are part of the B Psych and B Behav Sci courses):

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  • Memory
  • Decision making
  • Cognition
  • Applied cognitive psychology
  • Signal detection modelling of compound decisions
  • Psychology and law
  • Eyewitness memory
  • Juror decisions

Research Themes

Matt's research interests are in applied cognitive psychology. He studies how people remember things and make decisions in a variety of applied settings. These include eyewitness memory, juror decisions, security screening, attitudes to climate change, and educational testing.


Matt is currently involved in several national and international projects in applied cognitive psychology with collaborators in Australia, the USA, and Europe.


  • Raymond S. Nickerson Award from the American Psychological Association (for the best article published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied in 2010)

Current projects

  • Effects of feedback on memory decisions
  • Juror decision making
  • Cognition and music
  • Effects of food cravings on cognition
  • Signal detection modelling of compound decisions

Fields of Research

  • Forensic Psychology (170104)
  • Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology) (170101)
  • Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance (170112)
  • Educational Psychology (170103)
  • Decision Making (170202)
  • Computer Perception, Memory and Attention (170201)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Social and Community Psychology (170113)
  • Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110)
  • Preventive Medicine (111716)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Knowledge Representation and Machine Learning (170203)
  • Police Administration, Procedures and Practice (160205)
  • Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension) (170204)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Nervous System and Disorders (920111)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Substance Abuse (920414)
  • Law Enforcement (940404)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)


Matt's research has been published in many international psychology and psychology-law journals. He is a regular reviewer for:

  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Acta Psychologica
  • Law and Human Behavior

Total publications


Journal Article

(32 outputs)
2018Drummond A, Hall LC, Sauer JD, Palmer MA, 'Is public awareness and perceived threat of climate change associated with governmental mitigation targets?', Climatic Change, 149, (2) pp. 159-171. ISSN 0165-0009 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10584-018-2230-2 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Sauer JD


2018Rainsford M, Palmer M, Paine G, 'The MUSOS (MUsic SOftware System) Toolkit: A computer-based, open source application for testing memory for melodies', Behavior research methods, 50, (2) pp. 284-702. ISSN 1554-351X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3758/s13428-017-0894-6 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Rainsford M


2017Honan C, Skromanis S, Johnson EG, Palmer MA, 'Alcohol intoxication impairs recognition of fear and sadness in others and metacognitive awareness of emotion recognition ability', Emotion pp. 1-13. ISSN 1528-3542 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/emo0000404 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Honan C; Skromanis S


2017Palmer MA, Sauer JD, Holt GA, 'Undermining position effects in choices from arrays: How to stop witnesses guessing from the middle of lineups', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 23 pp. 71-84. ISSN 1076-898X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/xap0000109 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Sauer JD; Holt GA


2017Palmer MA, Sauer JD, Ling A, Riza J, 'Caffeine cravings impair memory and metacognition', Memory, 25, (9) pp. 1225-1234. ISSN 0965-8211 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2017.1282968 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Sauer JD


2017Sauer JD, Palmer MA, Brewer N, 'Mock-juror evaluations of traditional and ratings-based eyewitness identification evidence', Law and Human Behavior, 41, (4) pp. 375-384. ISSN 0147-7307 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000235 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Sauer JD


2017Zuj DV, Felmingham KL, Palmer MA, Lawrence-Wood E, Van Hooff M, et al., 'Neural activity and emotional processing following military deployment: Effects of mild traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder', Brain and Cognition, 118 pp. 19-26. ISSN 0278-2626 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2017.07.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Zuj DV


2017Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Gray KE, Hsu CMK, Nicholson EL, et al., 'Negative appraisals and fear extinction are independently related to PTSD symptoms', Journal of affective disorders, 217 pp. 246-251. ISSN 0165-0327 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Zuj DV; Nicholson EL; Felmingham KL


2017Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Malhi GS, Bryant RA, Felmingham KL, 'Endogenous cortisol reactivity moderates the relationship between fear inhibition to safety signals and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms', Psychoneuroendocrinology, 78 pp. 14-21. ISSN 0306-4530 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.01.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Zuj DV


2016Bantoft C, Summers MJ, Tranent PJ, Palmer MA, Cooley PD, et al., 'Effect of standing or walking at a workstation on cognitive function: a randomized counterbalanced trial', Human Factors, 58, (1) pp. 140-149. ISSN 0018-7208 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0018720815605446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Summers MJ; Tranent PJ; Cooley PD; Pedersen SJ


2016Blake GA, Ferguson SG, Palmer MA, Shiffman S, 'Development and psychometric properties of the Smoking Restraint Questionnaire', Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, (2) pp. 238-45. ISSN 0893-164X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/adb0000134 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Blake GA; Ferguson SG


2016Dicker M, Frandsen M, Palmer MA, Ferguson SG, 'Effectiveness of coping strategies at alleviating cue-induced craving: a pilot study', Journal of Smoking Cessation, 11, (2) pp. 173-178. ISSN 1834-2612 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/jsc.2014.22 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Dicker M; Frandsen M; Ferguson SG


2016Drummond A, Palmer MA, Sauer JD, 'Enhancing endorsement of scientific inquiry increases support for pro-environment policies', Royal Society Open Science, 3, (9) pp. 1-11. ISSN 2054-5703 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160360 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Sauer JD


2016Palmer MA, Button L, Barnett E, Brewer N, 'Inconsistencies undermine the credibility of confession evidence', Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21, (1) pp. 161-173. ISSN 2044-8333 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12048 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5


2016Russell BA, Summers MJ, Tranent PJ, Palmer MA, Cooley PD, et al., 'A randomised control trial of the cognitive effects of working in a seated as opposed to a standing position in office workers', Ergonomics, 59, (6) pp. 737-744. ISSN 0014-0139 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1094579 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Russell BA; Summers MJ; Tranent PJ; Cooley PD; Pedersen SJ


2016Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Hsu KCM, Nicholson EL, Cushing PJ, et al., 'Impaired fear extinction associated with PTSD increases with hours-since-waking', Depression and Anxiety, 33, (3) pp. 203-210. ISSN 1091-4269 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/da.22463 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Zuj DV; Nicholson EL; Gray KE; Felmingham KL


2016Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Lommen MJ, Felmingham KL, 'The centrality of fear extinction in linking risk factors to PTSD: A narrative review', Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 69 pp. 15-35. ISSN 0149-7634 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.07.014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Zuj DV; Felmingham KL


2015Horry R, Brewer N, Weber N, Palmer MA, 'The effects of allowing a second sequential lineup lap on choosing and probative value', Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 21, (2) pp. 121-133. ISSN 1076-8971 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/law0000041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4


2015Zuj DV, Palmer MA, Kemps E, 'Cigarette cravings impair mock jurors' recall of trial evidence', Psychology, Crime and Law, 21, (5) pp. 413-425. ISSN 1068-316X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2014.989168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Zuj DV


2015Palmer MA, Strelan P, 'Commentary on Dutta and Pullig (2011): Corrective action is more effective than downplaying harm for restoring brand equity', Journal of Business Research, 68, (6) Article e109802. ISSN 0148-2963 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.11.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2014Alogna VK, Attaya MK, Aucoin P, Bahnik S, Birch S, et al., 'Registered Replication Report: Schooler and Engstler-Schooler (1990)', Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, (5) pp. 556-578. ISSN 1745-6916 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1745691614545653 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 47

Co-authors: Holt G; Rainsford MAE; Sauer JD; Zuj DV


2014Drummond A, Palmer MA, 'Heart rate change and attitudes to global warming: A conceptual replication of the visceral fit mechanism', Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38 pp. 10-16. ISSN 0272-4944 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2013Drummond A, Palmer MA, Halsey RJ, 'The attractiveness of regional towns: inferring quality of life from higher education facilities', The Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 23, (2) pp. 21-30. ISSN 1839-7387 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2013Palmer MA, Brewer N, Horry R, 'Understanding gender bias in face recognition: effects of divided attention at encoding', Acta Psychologica: International Journal of Psychonomics, 142, (2013) pp. 362-369. ISSN 0001-6918 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.01.009 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13


2013Palmer MA, Brewer N, Weber N, Nagesh A, 'The confidence-accuracy relationship for eyewitness identification decisions: effects of exposure duration, retention interval, and divided attention', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 19, (1) pp. 55-71. ISSN 1076-898X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/a0031602 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 48


2012Horry R, Palmer MA, Brewer N, 'Backloading in the Sequential Lineup Prevents Within-Lineup Criterion Shifts That Undermine Eyewitness Identification Performance', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 18, (4) pp. 346-360. ISSN 1076-898X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/a0029779 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21


2012Horry R, Palmer MA, Sexton ML, Brewer N, 'Memory conformity for confidently recognized items: The power of social influence on memory reports', Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, (3) pp. 783-786. ISSN 0022-1031 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.12.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16


2012Palmer MA, Brewer N, 'Sequential Lineup Presentation Promotes Less-Biased Criterion Setting but Does Not Improve Discriminability', Law and Human Behavior, 36, (3) pp. 247-255. ISSN 0147-7307 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/h0093923 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 40


2012Palmer MA, Brewer N, Weber N, 'The information gained from witnesses' responses to an initial 'blank' lineup', Law and Human Behavior, 36, (5) pp. 439-447. ISSN 0147-7307 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/h0093939 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5


2010Brewer N, Palmer MA, 'Eyewitness identification tests', Legal and Criminological Psychology, 15 pp. 77-96. ISSN 1355-3259 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1348/135532509X414765 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 22


2010Palmer MA, Brewer N, 'Phenomenological reports diagnose accuracy of eyewitness identification decisions', Acta Psychologica: International Journal of Psychonomics, 133 pp. 137-145. ISSN 0001-6918 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2009.11.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 21


2010Palmer MA, Brewer N, Weber N, 'Postidentification Feedback Affects Subsequent Eyewitness Identification Performance', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 16, (4) pp. 387-398. ISSN 1076-898X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/a0021034 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27


Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
2012Horry R, Palmer MA, Brewer N, Cutler BL, 'Comparative legal psychology: eyewitness identification', Comparative Law and Society, Edward Elgar Publishing, David S Clark (ed), UK, pp. 133-153. ISBN 9781849803618 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Palmer MA, Horry R, Brewer N, 'Court-relevant research methods', Research Practice for Forensic Professionals, Routledge, K Sheldon, J Davies and K Howells (ed), New York, pp. 86-107. ISBN 9780415672719 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
2017Honan C, Skromanis S, Johnson EG, Palmer MA, 'An examination of emotion perception ability and metacognitive functioning in high-dose alcohol intoxication', 4th annual Australasian Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience (AS4SAN), June 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan C; Skromanis S; Johnson EG

2016Honan CA, Skormanis S, Johnson EG, Palmer MA, 'An examination of emotion perception ability and metacognitive functioning in high-dose alcohol intoxication', AS4SAN Conference, 23-24 June, 2016, Sydney, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan CA; Johnson EG

2014Sauer J, Brewer N, Palmer M, 'Mock juror interpretations of ecphoric confidence ratings', American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, 6-8 March, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Sauer J

2013Nishizawa T, Brewer N, Palmer MA, 'A line-up member's facial expression can influence witness judgments', Program Schedule, 26th to 29th June 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 14. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Nishizawa T, Brewer N, Palmer MA, 'Effects of Suspect Demeanour on Eyewitness Judgments', Oral Presentation, July 14th - 19th, 2013, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, pp. 364-365. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Palmer MA, Brewer N, Weber N, Sauer J, 'Disconfirming feedback impairs subsequent eyewitness identification of a different culprit', Oral, June 26-29, Netherlands, pp. 1. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



How feedback can impair recognition judgments and undermine border security, criminal investigations, educational testing, and medical screening (2014 - 2016)$285,000
If a customs officer learns that she missed an explosive device while screening luggage, will this affect her judgment? In many scenarios, a person receives feedback about their recognition memory performance and has to try again without having another chance to study the material. Using various scenarios (face recognition, security screening, multiple-choice testing, and medical screening) this project will demonstrate that feedback affects recognition performance differently depending on the nature of the recognition decision.
Australian Research Council ($285,000)
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Palmer MA; Brewer Neil; McCarley JS
2014 - 2016
Grant Reference
2013: SARMC (Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition) The Netherlands 26-29 June 2013 (2013)$2,500
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Palmer MA

Research Supervision






PhDUsing Cognitive Psychology to Optimise Students Study Behaviours and the Communication of Health Promotion Messages2017
PhDMeasuring and Communicating Uncertainty2018
PhDImproving Decision Making and Metacognition in Medical Screening2018
PhDThe Real-World Effectiveness and Mechanisms of Financial Incentives Programs for Promoting Smoking Cessation2018
PhDAutomation Interface Design and Content: Balancing appropriate trust and cognitive workload2018
PhDThe Effects of Music as a Context Reinstatement Tool for Improving Person Memory2018


PhDThe Influence of Confession Inconsistencies on Juror Decision-Making
Candidate: Glenys Anne Holt
PhDSource Monitoring in Musical Tasks: Cognitive processes involved in the unconscious plagiarism of musical ideas
Candidate: Miriam Ann Estelle Rainsford
PhDModerators of the Relationship Between Fear Extinction Learning and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Candidate: Daniel Valenty Zuj