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Contact details +64 (04) 801 5799  ext. 63802

Dr Lauren Hewitt

Lecturer

School of Psychology

My primary research interest is in conducting experimental investigations of social influence, especially in relation to memory and cognition. I am interested in social norms, social influence, persuasion, transactive memory systems, collaborative remembering, eyewitness testimony, memory distortion and false memories, and applications of this research to the legal system.

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: 04 8015799 Ext. 63802 or Direct 04 9793802
    Location: 7C 51B, Block 7
    Campus: Wellington

Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology) - Victoria University of Wellington (2008)
  • Bachelor of Science Honours (Psychology) - Victoria University of Wellington (2003)
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Victoria University of Wellington (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Criminology) - Victoria University of Wellington (2002)

Prizes and Awards

  • MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Finalist; Science and Our Society Category Runner-up - Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (2008)

Research Expertise

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Cognitive Sciences (170200): Computer Perception, Memory and Attention (170201): Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110): Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000): Social and Community Psychology (170113)

Keywords

memory, cognition, social influence, eyewitness testimony, false memories, experimental psychology

Media and Links

Media

  • 09 Sep 2008 - Radio, Online
    Eyewitness memory: How Accurate is it?
    Radio interview with Kathryn Ryan. (2008, September 9).Nine to Noon show; Radio New Zealand. Available at: http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20080909-0930-Eyewitness_Memory_-_How_Accurate_is_it_And
  • 08 Mar 2013 - Radio
    Peer pressure in adults.
    Radio interview with Barry Nichols. (2013, March 8) Peer pressure in adults. WA Regional Drive Show; ABC South West Radio.
  • 07 Dec 2008 - Newspaper
    False witness: When the eye plays tricks.
    Wall, T. (2008, December 7). False witness: When the eye plays tricks. Sunday Star Times, p. C1
  • 01 Jan 2008 - Magazine
    False memories
    False memories. Victorious (Summer, 2008), p. 13.
  • 01 Jan 2008 - Magazine
    Collective Memory
    Pawson, S. (2008). Collective Memory. New Zealand Geographic, Issue 91, p. 23.
  • 01 Dec 2008 - Magazine
    Lauren French: MacDiarmid Science and Our Society
    Lauren French: MacDiarmid Science and Our Society (Runner-up). Newsletter for the Association for Women in the Sciences, (2008, December), p. 4.

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