Henry Roediger

Henry Roediger

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences​
James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
PhD, Yale University
BA, Washington & Lee University
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    • Washington University
      CB 1125
      One Brookings Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Professor Roediger is currently collaborating with Jim Wertsch (Professor of Anthropology) about topics in collective memory. These include issues of national and regional identity within the U.S., as well as cross-national studies of the collective memory of World War II among people of 12 countries. Other research interests also center on learning and memory. These include: applying principles of cognitive psychology to improve educational practice; how retrieval practice improves retention; the study of memory illusions and false memories (or why people sometimes remember events differently from the way they happened or even remember events that never happened at all); and mnemonic techniques and people with exceptional memory abilities. 

    Selected Publications

    • Roediger, H.L. (2021). Three facets of collective memory. American Psychologist,76(9), 1388-1400.
    • Roediger, H.L. & Wertsch, J.V. (Eds.). (2022). Constructing National Identity: Conflicting Memories and Narratives. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Roediger, H.L. & Abel, M. (2022).  Memory retrieval as a double-edged sword: Positive and negative consequences of retrieval. Nature Reviews Psychology, 1, 708-720.
    • Roediger, H. L., & Zerr, C. L. (2022). Who won World War II? Conflicting narratives among the allies. Progress in Brain Research274(1), 129-147.
    • Uner, O., Tekin, E. & Roediger, H.L. (2022). True-false tests enhance retention relative to rereading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 28(1) 114-129.
    • Yamashiro, J., Van Engen, A. & Roediger, H.L. (2022). American origins: Political and religious divides in U.S. collective memory. Memory Studies, 15(1), 84-101