Dr Craig Thorley
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Program Co-Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
I was born and educated in the UK. I relocated to Australia in 2017.
I primarily study human memory accuracy. For example, I have led projects examining how accurately groups of people recall shared experiences together, how accurately eyewitnesses recall crimes, and how accurately jurors recall trial evidence. Importantly, I am also interested in knowing how human memory accuracy can be improved.
I specialise in teaching people about memory, research methods, statistics, and the history of psychology. I have lectured to a range of different audiences including undergraduate students, academics, medical professionals, and senior police officers.
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE
University of Liverpool (2016)
PhD in Psychology
Title: Collaborative False Remembering
Lancaster University (2007)
MSc in Psychological Research Methods
Lancaster University (2002)
BA (Hons) Psychology
Lancaster University (2001)
Thorley, C., Acton, B., Armstrong, J., Ford, S., & Gundry, M. (In Press). Are estimates of faces’ ages less accurate when they wear sunglasses or face masks and do these disguises make it harder to later recognise the faces when undisguised? Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications
Childs, M.C., Jones, A., Thwaites, P., Zdravkovic, S., Thorley, C., Suzuki, A., Shen, R., Ding Q., Burns, E., Xu, H., & Tree, J.J. (2021). Do individual differences in face recognition ability moderate the other ethnicity effect? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 47, 893-907
O'Brien, F., & Thorley, C. (2021). Memory of people from missing person posters: The number of posters seen, the number of times they are seen, and the passage of time matter. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 8, 779-795
Thorley, C. (2021). How old was he? Disguises, age, and race impact upon age estimation accuracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 460-472
Thorley, C., Beaton, L., Deguara, P., Jerome, B., Khan, D; & Schopp, K. (2020). Misinformation encountered during a simulated jury deliberation can distort jurors' memory of a trial and bias their verdicts. Legal & Criminological Psychology, 25, 150-164.
Marchant, D., Hampson, S., Finnigan, L., Marrin., K, & Thorley C. (2020). The effects of acute moderate and high intensity exercise on memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:1716.
Romero-Rivas, C., Thorley, C., Skelton, K., & Costa, A. (2019). Foreign accents reduce false recognition rates in the DRM paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31, 507-521.
Lorek, J., Centifanti, L., Lyons, M., & Thorley, C. (2019). The impact of individual differences on jurors' note taking during trials and recall of trial evidence, and the association between the type of evidence recalled and verdicts. PLoS ONE, 14(2): e0212491
Lorek, J., Centifanti, L., Lyons, M., & Thorley, C. (2019). The impact of prior trial experience on mock jurors' note taking during trials and recall of trial evidence, Frontiers in Psychology, 10:47
Thorley, C., Almond, L., Gregory, G., McAlonan, V., and McLoughlin, A. (2018). An archival analysis of sexual assault victims' age estimation accuracy when describing stranger offenders. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 24, 1030-1049
Thorley, C. (2018). Enhancing individual and collaborative eyewitness memory with Category Clustering Recall. Memory, 26, 1128-1139
Thorley, C., & Christiansen, P. (2018). The impact of own and others' alcohol consumption on social contagion following a collaborative memory task. Memory, 26, 727-740
Thorley, C., & Kumar, D. (2017). Eyewitness susceptibility to co-witness misinformation is influenced by co-witness confidence and own self-confidence. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 24, 342-360
Marion, S.B., & Thorley, C. (2016). A meta-analytic review of collaborative inhibition and postcollaborative memory: Testing the predictions of the retrieval strategy disruption hypothesis. Psychological Bulletin, 142, 1141-1164
Thorley, C. (2016). Note taking and note reviewing enhance jurors' recall of trial information. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 655-663
Thorley, C., Baxter, R.E., & Lorek, J. (2016). The impact of note taking style and note availability at retrieval on mock jurors' recall and recognition of trial information. Memory, 24, 560-574
Thorley, C., Dewhurst, S.A., Abel, J.W., & Knott, L.M. (2016). Eyewitness memory: The impact of a negative mood during encoding and/or retrieval upon recall of a non-emotive event. Memory, 24, 838-852
Thorley, C. (2015). Blame conformity: Innocent bystanders can be blamed for a crime as a result of misinformation from a young, but not elderly, adult co-witness. PLoS ONE, 10(7): e0134739
Knott, L.M., & Thorley, C. (2014). Mood congruent false memories persist over time. Cognition & Emotion, 23, 903-912
Schnitzspahn, K.M., Thorley, C., Phillips, L., Voight, B., Threadgold, E., Hammond, E.R., Mustafa, B, & Kliegel, M. (2014). Mood impairs time-based prospective memory in young but not older adults: The mediating role of attentional control. Psychology & Aging, 29, 264-270
Thorley, C. (2013). The effects of recent sleep duration, sleep quality, and current sleepiness on eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 690-695
Thorley, C. (2013). Memory conformity and suggestibility. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 19, 565-575
Thorley, C., & Rushton-Woods, J. (2013). Blame conformity: leading eyewitness statements can influence attributions of blame for an accident. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27, 291-296
Dewhurst, S. A., Thorley, C., Hammond, E. R., & Ormerod, T. C. (2011). Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions. Personality & Individual Differences, 51, 73-76
Dewhurst, S.A., Bould, E., Knott, L.M., & Thorley, C. (2009). The roles of encoding and retrieval processes in associative and categorical memory illusions. Journal of Memory & Language, 60, 154-164
Thorley, C., & Dewhurst, S.A. (2009). False and veridical collaborative recognition. Memory, 17, 17-25
Thorley, C., & Dewhurst, S.A. (2007). Collaborative false recall in the DRM procedure: Effects of group size and group pressure. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 19, 867-881
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