Stephan Lewandowsky

Professor, BA Wash. State, PhD Tor.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 6510 Citations
  • 44 h-Index
1993 …2020
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Professor Stephan Lewandowsky is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol. He was an Australian Professorial Fellow from 2007 to 2012, and was awarded a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council in 2011. He held a Revesz Visiting Professorship at the University of Amsterdam in 2012, and received a Wolfson Research Merit Fellowship from the Royal Society upon moving to the UK in 2013. He was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science and a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science in 2017. In 2016, he was appointed a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry and public education.

His research examines people’s memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update information in memory. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate, which has led him into research in climate science and climate modeling. As a result of his work in climate science he was appointed Visiting Scientist at the CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere laboratory in Hobart, Tasmania, in August 2017. He also retains links with his former host institution, the University of Western Australia.

He has published more than 200 scholarly articles, chapters, and books, including numerous papers on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what variables determine people’s acceptance of scientific findings. (See for a complete list of scientific publications.)

Professor Lewandowsky is an award-winning teacher and was Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition from 2006-2008. He has also contributed around 50 opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media. He is currently serving as Digital Content Editor for the Psychonomic Society and blogs routinely on cognitive research at His personal blog is at


  • Categorisation and concept formation
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Computational models of memory
  • Memory and information processing
  • Short-term memory and working memory

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Research Output 1993 2020

Low replicability can support robust and efficient science

Lewandowsky, S. & Oberauer, K., 1 Dec 2020, In : Nature Communications. 11, 1, 358.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Publication Bias
3 Citations (Scopus)

Addressing the theory crisis in psychology

Oberauer, K. & Lewandowsky, S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 26, 5, p. 1596-1618 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Research Design
2 Citations (Scopus)

Influence and seepage: An evidence-resistant minority can affect public opinion and scientific belief formation

Lewandowsky, S., Pilditch, T. D., Madsen, J. K., Oreskes, N. & Risbey, J. S., 1 Jul 2019, In : Cognition. 188, p. 124-139 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Public Opinion
Climate Change
public opinion
scientific community
2 Citations (Scopus)

Keeping track of ‘alternative facts’: The neural correlates of processing misinformation corrections

Gordon, A., Quadflieg, S., Brooks, J. C. W., Ecker, U. K. H. & Lewandowsky, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : NeuroImage. 193, p. 46-56 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Parietal Lobe
Research Personnel
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Polarity and attitude effects in the continued-influence paradigm

Gordon, A., Ecker, U. K. H. & Lewandowsky, S., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 108, 104028.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Data storage equipment
Research Personnel


Processing inaccurate information data

Swire, B. (Creator), Berinsky, A. J. (Creator), Lewandowsky, S. (Creator), Ecker, U. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 3 Feb 2017


Projects 1996 2014