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Amy H. Criss

Amy H. Criss

Amy H. Criss

Pronouns: she/her


351 Marley Educational Building


  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • B.A., Miami University

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Research Interests

Dr. Criss seeks to understand human memory, the most important function of the mind. She works closely with colleagues across the world and with graduate and undergraduate students to test computational models of memory using behavioral data. Together her lab focuses on core assumptions of theories and critical data to develop a comprehensive and accurate model of memory.

Research Specializations

Cognitive science, cognitive psychology, memory, computational modeling

Representative Publications

Please see my lab website for a full list of publications. Below is a random sample of publications.

Wilson, J.H., Kellen, D., Criss, A.H. (2020). Mechanisms of output interference in cued recall. Memory & Cognition, 48, 51-68.

Chen, S., Malmberg, K., Prince, M. & Criss, A.H. (2019) The Effect of Perceptual Information on Output Interference. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 26, 269-278.

Cox, G., Hemmer, P., Aue, W.R., & Criss, A.H (2018). Information and Processes Underlying Semantic and Episodic Memory Across Tasks, Items, and Individuals. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 47, 545-590.

Kilic, A., Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2017). Models that allow us to perceive the world more accurately also allow us to remember past events more accurately via differentiation. Cognitive Psychology, 92, 65-86

Koop, G. & Criss, A.H. (2016). The Response Dynamics of Recognition Memory: Sensitivity and Bias. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 52, 671-685

Aue, W.A., Criss, A.H., Prince, M. (2015). Dynamic memory searches: Output interference selectively impacts episodic memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 1798-806. doi: 10.3758/s13423-015-0840-5

Hemmer, P. & Criss, A.H. (2013). The Shape of Things to Come: Evaluating Word Frequency as a Continuous Variable in Recognition Memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39, 1947- 1952. doi: 10.1037/t19791-000

Wagenmakers, E., Krypotos, A., Criss, A.H., & Iverson, G. (2012). On the interpretation of uninterpretable interactions: A survey of the field 32 years after Loftus. Memory & Cognition, 40, 145-160

Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2011). Output interference in recognition memory. Journal of Memory and Language, 64, 316-326.

Criss, A.H. (2010). Differentiation and response bias in episodic memory: Evidence from reaction time distributions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 36, 484-499.

Criss, A.H. (2009). The distribution of subjective memory strength: List strength and response bias. Cognitive Psychology, 59, 297-319.

Criss, A.H. & Malmberg, K.J. (2008). Evidence in support of the elevated attention hypothesis of recognition memory. Journal of Memory & Language, 59, 331-345

Criss, A.H. (2006). The consequences of differentiation in episodic memory: Similarity and the strength-based mirror effect. Journal of Memory & Language, 55, 461-478.

Criss, A.H. and Shiffrin, R.M. (2004). Context noise and item noise jointly determine recognition memory: A comment on Dennis & Humphreys (2001). Psychological Review, 111, 800-807.

Honors and Awards

ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Academic Leaders Network Program (2021-2022 cohort)

Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, University of Western Australia (2018)

APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (2016 cohort)

FABBS (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) Foundation Early Career Impact Award (2015)

Indiana University Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2015)

Outstanding Dissertation Award, Indiana University, Department of Cognitive Science

Patten Prize, Department of Psychology, Miami University