Henry Roediger

Henry Roediger

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences​
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
PhD, Yale University
BA, Washington & Lee University

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mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

An internationally recognized scholar of human memory function, Professor Roediger’s research interests include such topics as how people can suffer memory illusions and false memories, implicit memory, and applying cognitive psychology to improving learning in educational situations.​

Professor Roediger's research interests center on learning and memory. His current programs of research include: 1. applying principles of cognitive psychology to improve educational practice; 2. how retrieval practice improves retention; 3. the study of memory illusions and false memories (or why people sometimes remember events differently from the way they happened or even remember events that never happened at all); 4. Mnemonic techniques and people with exceptional memory abilities; and 5. collective memory or how people remember events for the groups with which they identify (e.g., Americans remembering 9/11).

Selected Publications

Putnam, A.L., Ross, M., Soter, L. & Roediger, H.L. (2018). Collective narcissism: Americans exaggerate the role of their home state in appraising U.S. history. Psychological Science, 29(9), 1414-1422.

Putnam, A.L., Sungkhasettee, V. & Roediger, H.L. (2017). When misinformation improves memory: The effects of recollecting change. Psychological Science, 28(1), 36-46.

Roediger, H.L. & McDermott, K.B. (2018). Remembering what we learn. The Dana Foundation: Cerebrumhttp://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2018/Remembering_What_We_Learn/

Tekin, E. & Roediger, H.L. (2017). The range of confidence scales does not affect the relation between confidence and accuracy in recognition memory. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications,  2:49 DOI 10.1186/s41235-017-0086-z 

Uner, O. & Roediger, H.L. (2018). Are encoding/retrieval interactions in recall driven by remembering, knowing, or both? Journal of Memory and Language, 103, 44-57.