Associate Professor of Psychology
B005/B052 Gilmer Hall
Our research focuses on memory with an emphasis on the occurrence of (a) false memories, (b) overconfidence in one’s memories and (c) changes in memory across the lifespan. For example, some of our research examines eyewitness memory. We have observed with a typical eyewitness suggestibility paradigm that older adults are much more likely than younger adults to assert confidently that they remember witnessing an event that was only suggested to them. Some of our current projects are examining whether this age-related effect generalizes to more naturalistic eyewitness settings and whether there are variables that can minimize the occurrence of these kinds of high confidence errors. See our website (faculty.virginia.edu/dodson) for more information and here are some representative publications:
- Bryce, M. S. & Dodson, C. S. (2012). The Cross-Age Effect in Recognition Performance and Memory Monitoring for Faces. Psychology & Aging.
- Dodson, C. S., Spaniol, M., O’Connor, M. K., Deason, R. G., Ally, G. A., & Budson, A. E. (2011). Alzheimer’s disease and memory-monitoring impairment: Alzheimer’s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit. Neuropsychologia, 49, 2609 – 2618
- Jaswal, V.K. & Dodson, C.S. (2009). Metamemory Development: Understanding the Role of Similarity in False Memories. Cognitive Development, 80, 629-635
- Dodson, C. S., & Krueger, L. E. (2006). I misremember it well: Why older adults are unreliable eyewitnesses. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 770- 775