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Dr Kimberley McFarlane
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Dr Kimberley McFarlane
+61 0409224218
+617 3365 4466
Postal Address:
School of Psychology
McElwain Building
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Username: kmcfarla
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Dr Kimberley McFarlane

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours I)
Bachelor of Information Technology

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Dr Kimberley McFarlane
Research Activities:

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.

Representative Publications:

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

Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 2, 2012
    PSYC3042 - Psychological Research: Interpretation & Evaluation
  • Semester 2, 2011
    PSYC3042 - Psychological Research: Interpretation & Evaluation
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC1040 - Psychological Research Methodology I
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC1040 - Psychological Research Methodology I

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:
Memory and Attention

I am interested in the following areas of short- and long-term memory research:

  •  The role that attention and novelty play in new memory formation and forgetting.

  • The role of new memory formation in interference with consolidation of recently formed memories.

  • Single item and associative recognition memory modelling.

You are also welcome to contact me at to discuss projects that don't fit neatly into one of these areas, but still fall within the realm of memory research.

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