Ullrich Ecker

Professor, DiplPsych PhD Saarland

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

ARC Future Fellow (2020-2024)

ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2011-2015)

PhD (2007) and Dipl.Psych. (2003) from Saarland University, Germany

Roles and responsibilities

2017-2019: Director, Community and Engagement

2016-2019: Unit coordinator PSYC4410

2016-2019: Honours Conference Organizer

2015-2019: School Colloquium Organizer

2010-2021: Unit coordinator PSYC2215/PSYC3315

Funding overview

ARC
Australian Department of Social Services
Worldwide Universities Network
UWA

Current projects

2023: Taking on new PhD students to work on misinformation research

2022 UWA Research Collaboration Award, “Learning to tell fact from fiction: Applying theories of learning and memory to design effective misinformation interventions”, Prike et al., AU$20k

2022 ANU National Security College Futures Hub & Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), Technology Surprise Forum grant, “The misinformation threat and the role of emerging social media environments”, Ye et al., AU$10k

2022-2026 NHMRC Special Initiative in Human Health and Environmental Change Grant “Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL)”, Vardoulakis et al., AU$10m

2020-2024 ARC Future Fellowship "Combating misinformation – Designing a toolkit to address a global problem", AU$1m+

2018 UWA Business School Future Fund Research Grant, “Trump, Twitter and shiny objects”, Jetter et al., AU$10k

2017 Australian Department of Social Services ASELLC Research Project, “Debunking autism treatment myths”, Paynter et al., AU$89k+

2016-2019 ARC Discovery Project, “The psychology of misinformation—Towards a theory-driven understanding”, Ecker et al., AU$434k+

2013 WUN Research Development Award, "Responding and adapting to climate change: Recognizing and managing uncertainty in the physical, social, and public spheres", Lewandowsky et al., GBP13k+

2013 UWA Research Collaboration Award, "Memory models and neuroimaging", Ecker et al., AU$19k

2011 ARC Discovery Project, "Memory consolidation - Integrating cognitive science and neuroscience approaches to how we remember and how we forget", Ecker et al., AU$422k

Industrial relevance

I am an expert on human memory and the effects of misinformation on reasoning and decision making. My research can inform communication strategies, in particular when trying to debunk myths.

Teaching overview

PSYC2215/3315 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC4410 - Psychological Research Communication Skills (2015-2019)
PSYC1101 - Mind and Brain (Cognition module; 2012-2019)
PSYC3311 - Specialist Research Topics (2012-2013)

Research

The psychology of misinformation
Memory updating
Forgetting
Binding in memory

Languages

English

German

Research expertise keywords

  • Memory
  • Memory and information processing
  • Long-term memory
  • Short-term memory and working memory
  • Psychophysiology
  • Computational models of memory
  • Misinformation
  • False beliefs
  • Belief change
  • Behaviour change

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