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

Marsh, EJ, and Fazio, LK. "Learning errors from fiction: difficulties in reducing reliance on fictional stories." Mem Cognit 34.5 (July 2006): 1140-1149.

Butler, AC, Marsh, EJ, Goode, MK, and III, HLR. "When additional multiple-choice lures aid versus hinder later memory." Applied Cognitive Psychology 20.7 (2006): 941-956. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, Balota, DA, and Roediger, HL. "Learning facts from fiction: effects of healthy aging and early-stage dementia of the Alzheimer type." Neuropsychology 19.1 (January 2005): 115-129. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, Tversky, B, and Hutson, M. "How eyewitnesses talk about events: Implications for memory." Applied Cognitive Psychology 19.5 (2005): 531-544. Full Text

III, HLK, and Marsh, EJ. "The positive and negative consequences of multiple-choice testing." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition 31.5 (2005): 1155-1159. Full Text

Marsh, EJ. "Story stimuli for creating false beliefs about the world." Behav Res Methods Instrum Comput 36.4 (November 2004): 650-655.

Marsh, EJ, Dolan, PO, Balota, DA, and Roediger, HL. "Part-set cuing effects in younger and older adults." Psychol Aging 19.1 (March 2004): 134-144. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, McDermott, KB, and Roediger, HL. "Does test-induced priming play a role in the creation of false memories?." Memory 12.1 (January 2004): 44-55. Full Text

Marsh, EJ, and Tversky, B. "Spinning the stories of our lives." Applied Cognitive Psychology 18.5 (2004): 491-503. Full Text

Dudukovic, NM, Marsh, EJ, and Tversky, B. "Telling a story or telling it straight: The effects of entertaining versus accurate retellings on memory." Applied Cognitive Psychology 18.2 (2004): 125-143. Full Text