Steve Lindsay

Steve Lindsay
Professor (Chair:
Office: COR A237

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

Area of expertise

Cognition and brain sciences

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

Fallow, K. M., & Lindsay, D. S. (2022). Test position effects on hit and false alarm rates in recognition memory for paintings and words. Memory & Cognition, 50, 378–396.

Lindsay, D. S., & Mah, E. Y. (2021). Eyewitness identification can be studied in social contexts online with large samples in multi-lab collaborations. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 10, 328–334.

Lindsay, D. S. (2020). Seven steps toward transparency and replicability in psychological science. Canadian Psychology.

Azad, T., Lindsay, D. S., & Zaragoza, M.S. (2020).  Can suggestions of non-occurrence lead to claims that witnessed events did not happen?  The Journal of General Psychology.

Baldassari, M. J., Kantner, J. D., & Lindsay, D. S. (2019). The importance of decision bias for predicting eyewitness lineup choices: Toward a Lineup Skills Test. Cognitive Research: Principles & Implications, 4