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

Lindsay, D. S. (2015). Replication in psychological science. Psychological Science, 26, 1827-1832.

Lindsay, D. S., Fallow, K. M., & Kantner, J. (2015).  Recognition memory response bias is conservative for paintings and we don't know why.  In D. S. Lindsay, C. M. Kelley, A. P. Yonelinas, and H. L. Roediger III (Eds), Remembering: Attributions, processes, and control in human memory (in honour of Larry L. Jacoby) (pp. 213-229).  New York: Psychology Press.

Newman, E. J., Garry, M., Unkelbach, C. Bernstein, D. M. Lindsay, D. S., & Nash, R. A.  (2015). Truthiness and falisiness of trivia claims depend on judgmental contexts.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 41, 1337-1348.

Cowan, S., Read, J. D., & Lindsay, D.S. (2014). Predicting and postdicting eyewitness accuracy and confidence.  Journal of Applied Research on Memory and Cognition, 3, 21-30

Kantner, J., & Lindsay, D. S. (2014).  Cross-situational consistency in recognition memory response bias. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.