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

2010-2019: Unit coordinator PSYC2215/PSYC3315

Funding overview

ARC
Australian Department of Social Services
Worldwide Universities Network
UWA

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)

Research

The psychology of misinformation
Memory updating
Forgetting
Binding in memory

Languages

German
English

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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