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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Amy H. Criss

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Professor and Department Chair


404 Huntington Hall



Ph.D., Indiana University
B.A., Miami University

Research and Teaching Interests

My research involves describing how human memory operates within the framework of computational models. I focus on episodic memory, or memory tied to a specific situation, and associative memory, or memory for the relationship between two items. My interests also include semantic knowledge and implicit memory. I approach the study of human memory by identifying specific predictions or assumptions underlying computational models and designing empirical tests to evaluate these predictions. When a paradigm has not been formalized within the framework of a model, my empirical studies are designed with the goal of extending a model to account for the phenomenon. In addition to behavioral studies, I've also incorporated fMRI and EEG methods as empirical tools to test memory models.

Representative Publications

Please see my website for a full list of publications. Below is a random sample of publications.

Aue, W.R., Criss, A.H., & Novak, M.D. (2017). Evaluating mechanisms of proactive facilitation in cued recall. Journal of Memory and Language, 94, 103-118.

Kilic, A., Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2017). Models that allow us to perceive the world more accurately also allow us to remember past events more accurately via differentiation. Cognitive Psychology, 92, 65-86.

Wilson, J.H., & Criss, A.H. (2017). The list strength effect in cued recall. Journal of Memory and Language, 95, 78-88.

Koop, G.J. & Criss, A.H. (2016). The Response Dynamics of Recognition Memory: Sensitivity and Bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 42(5), 671-685

Raaijmakers, J., Criss, A.H., Goldstone, R., Nosofsky, R., & Steyvers, M. (Eds.). (2015). Cognitive Modeling in Perception and Memory: A Festschrift for Richard M. Shiffrin. Psychology Press.

Hemmer, P. & Criss, A.H. (2013). The Shape of Things to Come: Evaluating Word Frequency as a Continuous Variable in Recognition Memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39, 1947-1952. doi: 10.1037/t19791-000

Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2011). Output interference in recognition memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 64(4), 316-326.

Criss, A.H. (2010). Differentiation and response bias in episodic bemory: Evidence from reaction time distributions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 484-499.

Criss, A.H. (2009). The distribution of subjective memory strength: List strength and response bias. Cognitive Psychology, 297-319.


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(April 5, 2018)

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(Oct. 17, 2017)

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