Ullrich Ecker

Associate Professor, Associate Professor, DipPsych PhD Saarland

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

    6009 Perth


  • 1792 Citations
  • 24 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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Research Output 2002 2019

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
1 Citation (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

Refutations of equivocal claims: No evidence for an ironic effect of counterargument number

Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Jayawardana, K. & Mladenovic, A., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 8, 1, p. 98-107 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Research Personnel

The effectiveness of short-format refutational fact-checks

Ecker, U. K. H., O'Reilly, Z., Reid, J. S. & Chang, E. P., 2 Mar 2019, In : British Journal of Psychology. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Media
Recognition (Psychology)


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 2019