Ullrich Ecker

Professor, DiplPsych PhD Saarland

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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

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

ARC College of Experts (2023-2025)

Associate Editor: Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition; Experimental Psychology

Funding overview

ARC

Australian Department of Social Services

WA Defence Science Centre

DSTG

Worldwide Universities Network

UWA

Current projects

2024: Taking on new PhD students to work on misinformation research

2024-2027 ARC Discovery Project, “The misinformation future—Confronting emerging threats”; Ecker et al., AU$496k+

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. I can speak to questions regarding how people remember and forget information, and consult on the design and implementation of interventions and communication strategies to counter misinformation.

Teaching overview

PSYC3315 - Cognitive Psychology (ongoing since 2010)
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

Previous positions

2017-2019: Director, SPS Community and Engagement Committee

2016-2019: Unit coordinator PSYC4410

2016-2019: SPS Honours Conference Organizer

2015-2019: SPS Colloquium Organizer

2010-2021: Unit coordinator PSYC2215/PSYC3315

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Industry keywords

  • Communications
  • Defence
  • Digital Health
  • Education
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Government
  • Environmental

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
  • Disinformation
  • Information environment
  • Social media
  • Debunking
  • Communication
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Reasoning
  • Decision-making
  • Persuasion
  • Influence operations
  • Inoculation
  • Fake news
  • Political psychology
  • Cognitive science
  • Cognition

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