Elizabeth J. Marsh

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

Mullet, HG, Butler, AC, Verdin, B, von Borries, R, and Marsh, EJ. "Delaying feedback promotes transfer of knowledge despite student preferences to receive feedback immediately." Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 3.3 (July 1, 2014): 222-229. Full Text

Butler, AC, Marsh, EJ, Slavinsky, JP, and Baraniuk, RG. "Integrating Cognitive Science and Technology Improves Learning in a STEM Classroom." Educational Psychology Review 26.2 (June 2014): 331-340. Full Text

Umanath, S, Dolan, PO, and Marsh, EJ. "Ageing and the Moses Illusion: Older adults fall for Moses but if asked directly, stick with Noah." Memory 22.5 (January 1, 2014): 481-492. Full Text

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 (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

Umanath, S, Butler, AC, and Marsh, EJ. "Using popular films to enhance classroom learning: Mnemonic effects of monitoring misinformation." Applied Cognitive Psychology 26 (2012): 556-567. (Academic Article)