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

Brown, AS, and Marsh, EJ. "Creating illusions of past encounter through brief exposure: Research report." Psychological Science 20.5 (2009): 534-538. Full Text

Fazio, LK, and Marsh, EJ. "Older, not younger, children learn more false facts from stories." Cognition 106.2 (February 2008): 1081-1089. Full Text

Fazio, LK, and Marsh, EJ. "Slowing presentation speed increases illusions of knowledge." Psychon Bull Rev 15.1 (February 2008): 180-185.

Fazio, LK, and Marsh, EJ. "Slowing presentation speed increases illusions of knowledge." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 15 (2008): 181-185. (Academic Article)

Brown, AS, and Marsh, EJ. "Evoking false beliefs about autobiographical experience." Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 15.1 (2008): 186-190. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, and Dolan, PO. "Test-induced priming of false memories." Psychon Bull Rev 14.3 (June 2007): 479-483.

Marsh, EJ, Roediger, HL, Bjork, RA, and Bjork, EL. "The memorial consequences of multiple-choice testing." Psychon Bull Rev 14.2 (April 2007): 194-199.

Marsh, EJ. "Retelling is not the same as recalling: Implications for memory." Current Directions in Psychological Science 16.1 (2007): 16-20. Full Text

Marsh, EJ. "When does generation enhance memory for location?." J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 32.5 (September 2006): 1216-1220. Full Text