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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

Research Outputs

Journal

Hewitt, LY., & Roberts, LD. (2015). Transactive memory systems scale for couples: Development and validation. Frontiers in Psychology. 6(MAY)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Hewitt, LY., Kane, R., & Garry, M. (2013). Speaking order predicts memory conformity after accounting for exposure to misinformation. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 20(3), 558-565
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
French, L., Garry, M., & Mori, K. (2011). Relative - not absolute - judgments of credibility affect susceptibility to misinformation conveyed during discussion. Acta Psychologica. 136(1), 119-128
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Garry, M., French, L., Gerrie, MP., & Mori, K. (2009). Evidence for the efficacy of the MORI technique: Viewers do not notice or implicitly remember details from the alternate movie version. Behavior Research Methods. 41(4), 1224-1232
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
French, L., Garry, M., & Mori, K. (2008). You say tomato? Collaborative remembering leads to more false memories for intimate couples than for strangers. Memory. 16(3), 262-273
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Garry, M., French, L., Kinzett, T., & Mori, K. (2008). Eyewitness memory following discussion: Using the MORI technique with a western sample. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 22(4), 431-439
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
French, L., Sutherland, R., & Garry, M. (2006). Discussion affects memory for true and false childhood events. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 20(5), 671-680
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Breen, LJ., Penman, EL., Prigerson, HG., & Hewitt, LY. (2015). Can Grief be a Mental Disorder?: An Exploration of Public Opinion. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 203(8), 569-572
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Penman, EL., Breen, LJ., Hewitt, LY., & Prigerson, HG. (2014). Pathologising grief: An exploration of public expectations and grieving norms. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement. 17(1), 21-21 Retrieved from http://www.grief.org.au/
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Penman, EL., Breen, LJ., Hewitt, LY., & Prigerson, HG. (2014). Public Attitudes About Normal and Pathological Grief. Death Studies. 38(8), 510-516
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Breen, LJ., O'Connor, M., Hewitt, LY., & Lobb, EA. (2014). The "specter" of cancer: Exploring secondary trauma for health professionals providing cancer support and counseling. Psychological Services. 11(1), 60-67
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
O'Connor, M., Hewitt, LY., & Tuffin, PHR. (2013). Community pharmacists' attitudes toward palliative care: An Australian nationwide survey. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 16(12), 1575-1581
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
O'Connor, M., Fisher, C., French, L., Halkett, G., Jiwa, M., & Hughes, J. (2011). Exploring the community pharmacist's role in palliative care: Focusing on the person not just the prescription. Patient Education and Counseling. 83(3), 458-464
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Krause, AE., North, AC., & Hewitt, LY. (2014). Music selection behaviors in everyday listening. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. 58(2), 306-323 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hbem20
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Krause, AE., North, AC., & Hewitt, LY. (2016). The Role of Location in Everyday Experiences of Music. Psychology Of Popular Media Culture. 5(3), 232-257 Retrieved from http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=search.defaultSearchForm
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.
Krause, AE., North, AC., & Hewitt, LY. (2015). Music-listening in everyday life: Devices and choice. Psychology of Music. 43(2), 155-170
[Journal article]Authored by: Hewitt, L.

Book

French, L., Garry, M., & Loftus, E. (2009). False memories: A kind of confabulation in non-clinical subjects. In Confabulation: Views from Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology and Philosophy.
[Chapter]Authored by: Hewitt, L.

Thesis

French, LY. (2008). Social Aspects of Discussions Affect Capitulation and Susceptibility to False Memories. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Hewitt, L.

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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