My research is concerned with retrieval processes in human memory, or how knowledge is recovered from memory. The topics below represent present lines of investigation:

Applying cognitive psychology to enhance education

The genesis of false memories

Memory athletes and other superior memorizers

The relation between confidence and accuracy of memories

Collective memory

For more information about my current and past research interests, click here or on the Research link above.

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  • B.A., Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1969


  • Ph.D., Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1973

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Henry L. Roediger, III
Department of Psychology - Box 1125
Washington University
One Brookings Drive
St Louis, MO 63130-4899

Email: roediger@wustl.edu
Lab Phone: (314) 935-4307




For a complete list of publications by Henry Roediger, please click here.

  • DeSoto, K. A. & Roediger, H. L. (2014). Positive and negative correlations between confidence and accuracy for the same events in recognition of categorized lists. Psychological Science, 25,781-788. [PDF]
  • Roediger, H. L. & Abel, M. (2015). Collective memory: A new arena of cognitive study. Trends in Cognitive Science, 19, 359-361. [PDF]
  • Roediger, H. L. & DeSoto, K. A. (2015). Understanding the relation between confidence and accuracy in reports from memory. In Lindsay, D. S., Kelley, C. M., Yonelinas, A. P., & Roediger, H. L. III (Eds.). Remembering: Attributions, processes, and control in human memory: Papers in honor of Larry L. Jacoby., (pp. 347-367). New York: Psychology Press. [PDF]
  • Roediger, H. L., Meade, M. L., Gallo, D. A., & Olson, K. R. (2014). Bartlett revisited: Direct comparison of repeated reproduction and serial reproduction techniques. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 266-271. [PDF]
  • Roediger, H. L. & Nestojko, J. F. (2015). The relative benefits of studying and testing on long-term retention. In J. G. W. Raaijmakers, A. H. Criss, R. L. Goldstone, R. M. Nosofsky, & M. Steyvers (Eds.), Cognitive modeling in perception and memory: A festschrift for Richard M. Shiffrin., (pp. 99-111). New York: Psychology Press. [PDF]
  • Roediger, H. L. & Wertsch, J. (2015). To understand a country, listen to its memories. New Scientist, Oct,, 30-31. [PDF]
  • Wixted, J. T., Mickes, L., Clark, S. E., Gronlund, S. D., & Roediger, H. L. (2015). Initial eyewitness confidence reliability predicts eyewitness accuracy. American Psychologist, 70, 515-526. [PDF]

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