Paula Waddill, Ph.D.

Paula J. Waddill, Ph.D.


Why is it that what we remember reading or hearing isn't always what we actually read or heard? Why do we recall objects as having been in one location when they were actually in another? What makes some faces harder to recognize than others?

I conduct research in human learning and memory that seeks to answer questions like these. Current lines of investigation in my lab include episodic memory, memory representations, discourse processing, and encoding processes that enhance memory. My work also includes forensic and educational applications of memory research.

I welcome both undergraduate and graduate students into my lab either as research assistants on projects already underway or as investigators on their own individual research projects. Mentoring students is something I find enjoyable and rewarding. I am honored to have received both the university's Distinguished Mentor Award and the Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of my work with students.

In addition to the research listed in my vitae, here are some examples of student recent research projects and theses that I have directed:

  • Autobiographical memory patterns in older adults
  • Linguistic markers of coherence in coming out narratives
  • Past, present, and future: Verb aspect affects task motivation
  • Game faces: Studying cross-race facial identification using a videotaped basketball game
  • The effects of stereotype threat, working memory load, and relaxation training on women's math performance
  • Working memory and environmental stimuli: The irrelevant speech effect in vocal music

Curriculum vitae 

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