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James Michael Lampinen

James Michael Lampinen

Distinguished Professor

Associate Chair

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5805

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My research focus is on basic and applied aspects of memory and face perception.  My basic research has examined the subjective experience of true and false memories for words, objects, stories and events.  I've conducted research trying to understand why some memories, although false, nonetheless seem subjectively compelling -- as real as real.  These suprisingly compelling false memories have been called 'phantom recollections.'  On the flip side I have published a number of studies on the strategies people use to avoid false memories -- memory editing strategies. Most recently I have looked at the development of those strategies in children. 

My applied research primarily involves applications of memory research to legal settings.  A major focus of my research is on applications of memory and face perception theories to the problem of eyewitness identification. In 2012 I published a book on the topic with Jeff Neuschatz and Andrew Cling.  I also conduct resaerch on the ability to spot individuals one has been told be on the lookout for -- e.g., wanted fugitives, missing persons. I call this prospective person memory.  We have found that people are often quite poor at noticing people that they have been asked to be on the lookout for and we try to understand why that is, and how to improve performance. Relatedly, my lab has also conducted research on forensic age progression.

I am a scientist interested at a basic level in how human cognition works. But I also believe it is important to use this knowledge to help improve people's lives and my lab is committed to both of these endeavors.



PSYC 2013 Statistics

PSYC 3103 Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 328V Advanced Research

PSYC 4123 Perception

PSYC 5123 Cognitive Psychology



Postdoctoral Fellow, Binghamton University, 1996-98 
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1996 
B.S., Elmhurst College, 1991


Representative Publications

?Lampinen, JM. & Beike, D.R. (2014). Memory 101. Springer.

Lampinen, J.M., Neuschatz, J.S., Cling, A. (2012). The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification. New York: Psychology Press.

Lampinen, J.M. & Moore, K.N. (in press). Missing person alerts: Does repeated exposure decrease their effectiveness? Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Lampinen, J.M. (2016). ROC Analyses in Eyewitness Identification Research. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 25, 21-33.

Lampinen, J.M., Roush, A., Erickson, W.B., Moore, K.N. & Race, B. (2015). The effects of simulated distance on recognition of same race and other race faces. Visual Cognition.

Lampinen, J.M., Erickson, W.B., Frowd, C., & Mahoney, G. (2015). Mighty morphin’ age progression: How artist, age range, and morphing influences the similarity of forensic age progressions to target individuals. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., & Moore, K.N. (2015). Eyewitness identifications by older and younger adults: A meta-analysis and discussion. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Erickson, W. B., Lampinen, J. M., Wooten, A., Wetmore, S., & Neuschatz, J. (2015). When snitches corroborate: Effects of post-identification feedback from a potentially compromised source. Psychiatry, Psychology, & Law.

Lampinen, J.M., Curry, C., & Erickson, W.B. (2015). Prospective person memory: The role of self-efficacy, personal interaction, and multiple images in recognition of wanted persons. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Lampinen, J.M., Erickson, W.B., Moore, K.N., & Hittson, A. (2014). Effects of distance on face recognition: Implications for eyewitness identification. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.

Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., & Leding, J.K. (2014). The weapon focus effect in target present and target absent lineups: The roles of threat, novelty and timing. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Lampinen, J.M. & Sweeney, L.N. (2014). Associated adults: Prospective person memory for family abducted children. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 29, 22-27.




Editorial Board Member, Psychology, Crime and Law

Editorial Board Member, Memory

Guest Editor, special issue of Memory, on topic of memory editing mechanisms, 2006

Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science, University of Arkansas

Master Researcher, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

Certified Law Enforcement Instructor - State of Arkansas

TEDx Talk -- Hendrix College

Best of CLE, Eyewitness Identification, Arkansas Bar Association

Visiting Scholar University of Chicago

Featured speaker, Memory Development Pre-Conference, Society for Research in Child Development

Sixth Annual Goldsmith Speaker in Psychology, Elmhurst College

Keynote speaker, Multi-disciplinary Conference on Human Memory. University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Outstanding  Mentor, University of Arkansas