Professor Amanda Barnier has earned an international reputation for innovative, interdisciplinary research in cognitive science and psychology that addresses important real-world problems. Professor Barnier has put hypnosis to work investigating puzzling psychological phenomena and pioneered the use of hypnosis to develop compelling laboratory versions of a large catalogue of clinical delusions. This research has allowed the testing of ideas about the birth and maintenance of delusional beliefs and how to challenge them.
In the field of memory, Professor Barnier has focused on the possible benefits of remembering with others. Professor Barnier has found that elderly married couples often remember better when they are together than when they are alone. This research suggests that remembering with a long-term partner may compensate for age-related memory loss or even reduce the risk of disease-related cognitive decline and is at the forefront of new memory research looking for ways to predict and protect people from the effects of dementia.