Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours I)
Bachelor of Information Technology
I am interested in the processes underlying forgetting from short- and long-term memory. My research to date has employed a paradigm that produces very low levels of incidental learning. This has allowed an examination of the processes theorised to underlie associative recognition judgements without the influence of strategy use, a factor that has presented problems when examining such processes using traditional memory tasks. Through the use of this paradigm, theories relating to the role that attention and processing resources play in forgetting have been able to be examined and evaluated.
I also have a keen interest in the early history of cognitive psychology.
McFarlane, K. A., & Humphreys, M. S. (under revision). Using maintenance-rehearsal to examine the role of early stage processing in word frequency effects of recognition memory. Memory & Cognition.
Humphreys, M. S., Tehan, G., & McFarlane, K. A. (under review). Novelty can produce a suffix like effect. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
McFarlane, K. A., & Humphreys, M. S. (2012). Maintenance-rehearsal: The key to the role attention plays in storage and forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38(4), 1001-1018. doi:10.1037/a0026783
Humphreys, M. S., Maguire, A. M., McFarlane, K. A., Burt, J. S., Bolland, S. W., Murray, K. L., & Dunn, R. (2010). Using maintenance-rehearsal to explore recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36(1), 147-159. doi:10.1037/a0017687
Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
I am interested in the following areas of short- and long-term memory research:
You are also welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss projects that don't fit neatly into one of these areas, but still fall within the realm of memory research.