Elizabeth J. Marsh

Elizabeth J. Marsh

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

External Address: 
228 Reuben-Cooke Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708-0086


Why do people sometimes erroneously think that Toronto is the capital of Canada or that raindrops are teardrop-shaped?  How is it that a word or fact can be “just out of reach” and unavailable?  What changes, if anything, when you read a novel or watch a movie that contradicts real life? Have you ever listened to a conversation only to realize that the speaker is telling your story as if it were their own personal memory? Why do some listeners fail to notice when a politician makes a blatantly incorrect statement? These questions may seem disparate on the surface, but they are related problems, and reflect my broad interests in learning and memory, and the processes that make memory accurate in some cases but erroneous in others. This work is strongly rooted in Cognitive Psychology, but also intersects with Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Education.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1999

  • B.A., Drew University 1994

Marsh, E. J., et al. “Learning facts from fiction.” Journal of Memory and Language, vol. 49, no. 4, Jan. 2003, pp. 519–36. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0749-596X(03)00092-5. Full Text

Marsh, E. J., et al. “Demonstrations of a generation effect in context memory.Memory & Cognition, vol. 29, no. 6, Sept. 2001, pp. 798–805. Epmc, doi:10.3758/bf03196409. Full Text

Tversky, B., and E. J. Marsh. “Biased retellings of events yield biased memories.Cognitive Psychology, vol. 40, no. 1, Feb. 2000, pp. 1–38. Epmc, doi:10.1006/cogp.1999.0720. Full Text

Marsh, E. J., and G. H. Bower. “Applied Aspects of Source Monitoring.” Cognitive Technology, vol. 4, 1999, pp. 4–17.

Yang, Brenda Wei, et al. Truncating Bar Graphs Persistently Misleads Viewers. Crossref, doi:10.31234/osf.io/7aq4h. Full Text

Yang, Brenda Wei, et al. A Comparison of Memories of Fiction and Autobiographical Memories. Crossref, doi:10.31234/osf.io/58kpb. Full Text