Elizabeth J. Marsh

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Associate Chair

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1999

  • B.A., Drew University 1994


Why do people sometimes erroneously think that Toronto is the capital of Canada or that raindrops are teardrop-shaped?  How is it that a word or fact can be “just out of reach” and unavailable?  What changes, if anything, when you read a novel or watch a movie that contradicts real life? Have you ever listened to a conversation only to realize that the speaker is telling your story as if it were their own personal memory? Why do some listeners fail to notice when a politician makes a blatantly incorrect statement? These questions may seem disparate on the surface, but they are related problems, and reflect my broad interests in learning and memory, and the processes that make memory accurate in some cases but erroneous in others. This work is strongly rooted in Cognitive Psychology, but also intersects with Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Education.


Memory, learning, knowledge, metacognition, education

Slavinsky, JP, Davenport, KJ, Butler, AC, Marsh, EJ, and Baraniuk, RG. "Open online platforms advancing DSP education." ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings (October 18, 2013): 8771-8775. Full Text

Wing, EA, Marsh, EJ, and Cabeza, R. "Neural correlates of retrieval-based memory enhancement: an fMRI study of the testing effect." Neuropsychologia 51.12 (October 2013): 2360-2370. Full Text

Wing, EA, Marsh, EJ, and Cabeza, R. "Neural correlates of retrieval-based memory enhancement: An fMRI study of the testing effect." Neuropsychologia 51.12 (2013): 2360-2370. Full Text

Dunlosky, J, Rawson, KA, Marsh, EJ, Nathan, MJ, and Willingham, DT. "Improving students' learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology." Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Supplement 14.1 (2013): 4-58. Full Text

Umanath, S, and Marsh, EJ. "Aging and the memorial consequences of catching contradictions with prior knowledge." Psychol Aging 27.4 (December 2012): 1033-1038. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, Lozito, JP, Umanath, S, Bjork, EL, and Bjork, RA. "Using verification feedback to correct errors made on a multiple-choice test." Memory 20.6 (2012): 645-653. Full Text

Fazio, LK, Barber, SJ, Rajaram, S, Ornstein, PA, and Marsh, EJ. "Creating illusions of knowledge: Learning errors that contradict prior knowledge." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (2012). (Academic Article)

Butler, AC, Godbole, N, and Marsh, EJ. "Explanation feedback is better than correct answer feedback for promoting transfer of learning." Journal of Educational Psychology (2012). (Academic Article)

Umanath, S, and Marsh, EJ. "Understanding how prior knowledge influences memory in older adults (Submitted)." Perspectives on Psychological Science (2012). (Academic Article)