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

Dr Lauren Hewitt


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.


Contact details

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


  • 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)

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)


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

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 0

Supervision and Teaching

Courses Coordinated

Media and Links


  • 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:
  • 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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