Dr Celia Harris, Faculty of Human Sciences
Autobiographical and social memory
Celia’s research focuses on how and why people remember and share events from their lives (autobiographical memory). Traditionally in cognitive psychology memory is studied in an individual context. Where social influences are studied, they are often seen as distorting individual memory. Celia is currently engaged in a series of distinct, but related, research projects that build on robust laboratory paradigms and extend them to study “real-world” remembering and forgetting in individuals and groups. She also focuses on applications to real-world problems, like cognitive decline with age, and examine the function of remembering – what memories mean to individuals and to groups.