Ullrich Ecker

Associate Professor, Associate Professor, DipPsych PhD Saarland

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1498 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
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Personal profile


APD Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2011-2015)

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

Roles and responsibilities

Unit coordinator:

Director, Community and Engagement

Chair of School Colloquium Committee

Chair of School Honours Conference Committee

Funding overview

Australian Department of Social Services
Worldwide Universities Network

Current projects

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”, with S Lewandowsky (Bristol) & G Brown (Warwick), 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, Lewandowsky, Bayliss, Jarrold, Farrell, Brooks, Thai, Briscoe, Cook, & Swire, AU$19k

2011 ARC Discovery Project, Memory consolidation-Integrating cognitive science and neuroscience approaches to how we remember and how we forget, with M Maybery (UWA), G Brown (Warwick) & R Henson (Cambridge), 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
PSYC1101 - Mind and Brain (Cognition module)
PSYC3311 - Specialist Research Topics (2012-2013)


The psychology of misinformation
Memory updating
Binding in memory




  • 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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Projects 2009 2019

Research Output 2002 2018

Age-related changes in working memory: Age affects relational but not conjunctive feature binding

Kirmsse, A., Zimmer, H. D. & Ecker, U. K. H., 1 May 2018, In : Psychology and Aging. 33, 3, p. 512-526 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Short-Term Memory
Costs and Cost Analysis
Long-Term Memory

Contingency tables reduce demand for ineffective health products: Overcoming the illusion of causality

MacFarlane, D., Hurlstone, M. & Ecker, U., 26 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychology & Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

World View

The Role of Memory and Ideological Biases in the Correction of Misinformation

Swire-Thompson, B., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

information source
1 Citations

Working memory capacity, short-term memory capacity, and the continued influence effect: A latent-variable analysis

Brydges, C. R., Gignac, G. E. & Ecker, U. K. H., 1 Jul 2018, In : Intelligence. 69, p. 117-122 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Short-Term Memory
Short-term Memory
Working Memory Capacity


Processing inaccurate information data

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