Steve Lindsay

Steve Lindsay

Ph.D. 1987 (Princeton) joined Department in 1991

Office: COR A187

My research explores the relationship between memory, current performance, and conscious experience.

Specific lines of research concern phenomena such as illusory feelings of remembering (as in déjà vu, although I've never figured out a good way to get that particular phenomenon into the lab!) and unaware uses of memory (as in involuntary plagiarism).

Other projects apply theories concerning the subjective experience of remembering to practical issues such as eyewitness testimony.


  • Memory and cognition
  • Eyewitness memory

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Steve talks about his research on cognitive psychology, examining how humans remember and forget everyday memories.

Representative publications

Newman, E. J., Azad, T., Lindsay, D. S., & Garry, M. (2018). Evidence that photos promote rosiness for claims about the future. Memory & Cognition, 46, 1223–1233.

Scoboria, A., Wade, K. A., Lindsay, D. S., Azad, T., Strange, D., Ost, J., & Hyman, I. E. (2017). A mega-analysis of memory reports from eight peer-reviewed false memory implantation studies. Memory, 25, 146–163.

Cardwell, B. A., Lindsay, D. S., Förster, K., & Garry, M. (2017). Uninformative photos can increase people’s perceived knowledge of complicated processes. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6, 244–252.

Simons, D. J., Shoda, Y., & Lindsay, D. S. (2017). Constraints on Generality (COG): A proposed addition to all empirical papers. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 1123–1128. ​