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Deborah Eakin

Deborah Eakin Associate Professor

Cognitive Science Program

Education Programs

  • B.S., Columbus State University, 1996
  • M.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2000
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, 2003

Current Research

  • Memory:
    • Metamemory Memory Illusions
    • Retrieval Processes
    • Interference/Inhibition
    • Eyewitness Memory
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. fMRI):
    • Memory and Metamemory
    • Aging
  • Cognitive Aging:
    • Metamemory
    • Retrieval Processes
    • Interference/Inhibition
    • Eyewitness Memory


Representative Publications

Eakin, D. K., Hertzog, C., & Harris, W.* (2014).
Age invariance in semantic and episodic metamemory: Both younger and older adults provide accurate feeling-of-knowing for names of faces.
Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21, 27-51.

Eakin, D. K., & Hertzog, C. (2012).
Age Invariance in Feeling of Knowing During Implicit Interference Effects.
Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 555-562.

Eakin, D. K., & Smith, R. (2012).
Retroactive Interference Effects in Implicit Memory.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 38, 1419-1424.

Eakin, D. K., & Hertzog, C. (2012).
Immediate Judgments of Learning are Insensitive to Implicit Interference Effects at Retrieval.
Memory and Cognition, 40, 8-18. Available online 9/14/2011.

Eakin, D. K. & Hertzog, C. (2006).
Release from implicit interference in memory and metamemory: Older adults know that they can't let go.
Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 61B, 340-347.

Eakin, D. K. (2005).
Illusions of knowing: Metamemory and memory under conditions of retroactive interference.
Journal of Memory and Language, Special Issue, 52, 526-534.

Eakin, D. K., Schreiber, T.A., & Sergent-Marshall, S. (2003).
Misinformation effects in eyewitness memory: The presence and absence of memory impairment as a function of warning and misinformation accessibility.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 29, 813-825.

Programs - see Lab Website for download

Eakin, D.K. (2010).
ListChecker Pro 1.2: A program designed to facilitate creating word lists using the University of South Florida Word Association Norms.
Behavioral Research Methods, 42, 1210-1221.

Current Grant Funding

2014-2018 National Science Foundation (CISE-IIS-Cyber-Human Systems) Medium
Title: The Use of Robots as Intermediaries to Gather Sensitive Information from Children.
Total Costs: $1,199,819
Role: Co-Principle Investigator (PI: Cindy L. Bethel; Co-PIs: David C. May, Melinda Pilkinton)