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Amy Shapiro

Honors College Director

Honors College

Professor

Psychology

508-910-9051

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Claire T. Carney Library 221

508-910-9051

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Claire T. Carney Library 221

Education

1992Brown UniversityPhD

Teaching

  • General Psychology
  • Memory Errors, False Memory, and Discovered Memory
  • Ethics in Psychological Science

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Research for and preparation of an honors thesis in partial fulfillment of the University Honors Program requirements for graduation as a Commonwealth Scholar, for students whose honors research is multi-disciplinary. In the first semester, the student engages in intensive reading and research appropriate to the thesis or project, culminating in a formal written proposal. During the second semester, the student completes the writing and other preparation of the thesis or project. Students must present their results in an appropriate public forum. Students typically register to continue to complete HON 491, and an intermediate grade of IP can be given in HON 490 until there is a final grade for HON 491 which can then also be applied to HON 490. On the other hand, a final grade can be given at the conclusion of HON 490.

Research for and preparation of an honors thesis in partial fulfillment of the University Honors Program requirements for graduation as a Commonwealth Scholar, for students whose honors research is multi-disciplinary. In the first semester, the student engages in intensive reading and research appropriate to the thesis or project, culminating in a formal written proposal. During the second semester, the student completes the writing and other preparation of the thesis or project. Students must present their results in an appropriate public forum. Students typically register to continue to complete HON 491, and an intermediate grade of IP can be given in HON 490 until there is a final grade for HON 491 which can then also be applied to HON 490. On the other hand, a final grade can be given at the conclusion of HON 490.

Research

Research Interests

  • Epistemology and erroneous belief
  • False memory
  • Educational technology

Dr. Shapiro's work has focused on the cognition underlying memory storage and retrieval in the classroom, laboratory and real world. She has examined the effect of the internet and classroom clickers on learning, the development of false memories and the organization of memory store. Her most recent research explores the personality characteristics and cognitive processes that underlie belief in conspiracy theories and misinformation. She seeks to uncover why it is that people who may use rigorous cognitive strategies in most areas of life employ more error-prone strategies when it comes to certain subjects (e.g., government or vaccines). Her work has been funded by the US Department of Education's IES program and the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

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