Ullrich Ecker

Associate Professor, DipPsych PhD Saarland

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

    6009 Perth


  • 2151 Citations
  • 25 h-Index
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Personal profile


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

2010-2019: Unit coordinator PSYC2215/PSYC3315

Funding overview

Australian Department of Social Services
Worldwide Universities Network

Current projects

2020-2024 ARC Future Fellowship "Combating Misinformation – Designing a Toolkit to Address a Global Problem", AU$1m+

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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Research Output 2002 2020

2 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluation of a template for countering misinformation-Real-world Autism treatment myth debunking

Paynter, J., Luskin-Saxby, S., Keen, D., Fordyce, K., Frost, G., Imms, C., Miller, S., Trembath, D., Tucker, M. & Ecker, U., 30 Jan 2019, In : PLoS One. 14, 1, 13 p., 0210746.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

How Stories in Memory Perpetuate the Continued Influence of False Information

Hamby, A., Ecker, U. & Brinberg, D., 7 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Personnel
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

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Processing inaccurate information data

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


Projects 2009 2022