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Amy H. Criss

Amy H. Criss

Associate Professor,

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 more up-to-date information.

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.

Aue, W.A., Criss, A.H., Prince,M. (2015). Dynamic memory searches: Output interference selectively impacts episodic memory.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.  22, 1798-1908

Howard, M. W., Shankar, K., H., Aue, W.R., & Criss, A.H. (2015). A quantitative model of internal time in memory. Psychological Review, 122, 24-53.

Koop, G.J., Criss, A.H., & Malmberg, K.J. (2015) The Role of Mnemonic Processes in Pure-Target and Pure-Foil Recognition Memory.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 22(2):509-16. doi: 10.3758/s13423-014-0703-5

Malmberg, K.J., Lehman, M., Annis, J., Criss, A.H., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2014).  Consequences of Testing Memory. Psychology of Learning & Motivation - Advances in Research and Theory. 61, 285-313.

Criss, A.H., Aue, W.R., & Kilic, A. (2014).  Age and response bias: Evidence from the strength based mirror effect. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 1910-1924.

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

Annis, J., Malmberg, K.J., Criss, A.H., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2013).  Sources of interference in recognition testing.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39, 1365-1376. doi: 10.1037/a0032188

Criss, A. H., Wheeler, M. E., & McClelland, J. L. (2013). A differentiation account of recognition memory: Evidence from fMRI. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 421-435. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00292

Kilic, A., Criss, A.H., and Howard, M. W. (2013).  A causal contiguity effect that persists across time scales.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition. 39, 297-303. doi: 10.1037/a0028463