Professor Tim Hollins
Head of School of Psychology
School of Psychology
Professor of Experimental Psychology
B.Sc. (Hons.) Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1986.
PhD. Psychology, University of Manchester, 1989
Senior Fellow of the HEA, 2016
Member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS).
Member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC).
Member of the Psychonomic Society.
Roles on external bodies
Associate Editor: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (2014- 2017)
Honorary Treasurer, Experimental Psychology Society (2012-2016)
Member of Governing Board of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) (2008-2016).
I currently teach on the following modules
Stage 1: tutorials.
Stage 3: Cognitive Aging
MSc: Communication of Research
Supervision of research projects
Staff serving as external examiners
- External examiner for BSc. Psychology, University of Warwick, 2013-2017
- External examiner for BSc. Psychology, University of Reading, 2005-2008.
- External examiner for B.A. / B.Sc. Psychology at the University of Essex, 2002-2005.
- External examiner for M.Sc. Psychology, University of Essex, 2002-2005.
- I have acted as external examiner for a number of Postgraduate Research Degrees (M. Phil., M.Sc., Ph.D.) at different Universities around the U.K., Europe and in Australia.
My research interest is the areas of long-term memory and metacognition, with both theoretical and applied interests. This has led me to research such things as the accuracy of confidence judgements in memory, recollective experience, source memory judgements, face-recognition, eyewitness memory, feeling of knowing and tip-of-the-tongue states. Since my PhD I have also retained an interest in cognitive aging.
RECENT CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PROCEEDINGS (2019-2014)
Almubark, B., Cattani, A., Hollins, T. J. & Floccia, C. (2019). Development and Validation of the Plymouth Saudi Memory Test (PSMT) for the Arabic speaking population with acquired brain injury. Poster presented at the 16th NR-SIG-WFNR Conference, Granada, Spain, June
Seabrooke, T., Hollins, T. J., Wills, A. & Mitchell, C. (2019). Testing your memory: Current research on the forward testing effect and the benefits of unsuccessful retrieval. Paper presented at the TEAP conference, London, April.
Lange, N., Berry, C. J. & Hollins, T. J. (2019). The association of repetition priming and source memory is not driven by recognition memory. Paper presented at the TEAP conference, London, April.
Ball, A., Jones, P. & Hollins, T. J. (2018). Metacognitive decisions in learning new material. Poster presented at the Experimental Psychology Society, Leicester, April.
Seabrooke, T., Hollins, T. J., Wills, A. & Mitchell, C. (2018). Learning from total failure: Errorful generation improves memory for cues and targets, but not for their association. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society, Leicester, April.
Lange, N. & Hollins, T. J. (2017). Simulating performance in unconscious plagiarism. Poster presented at Cognitive Science, London, July.
Rainsford, M., Palmer, M., Hollins, T. J., Sauer, J., Beeton, N. & Paine, G. (2017). Unconscious plagiarism in music: exposure increases plagiarism in music composition. European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Ghent, August.
Hollins, T. J. & Mitchell, C. (2016). Testing an attentional account of test potentiated learning. Paper presented at the Psychonomic Society Meeting, Granada, May.
Hollins, T. J. & Lange, N. * (2016). Stealing and donating ideas: how typical? Paper presented at ICOM-6, Budapest, July.
Hollins, T. J. & Weber, N. (2016). Combining elements of the sequential and simultaneous line-ups: the hybrid lineup. Paper presented at ICOM-6, Budapest, July.
Lange, N. *, Hollins, T. J. & Bach, P. (2016). Generation effect in source memory after enactment? Paper presented at ICOM-6, Budapest, July.
Rainsford, M., Palmer, M. A., Hollins, T. J., Beeton, N. J. & Paine, G. (2016). Unconscious plagiarism in music composition: investigating the effects of elaboration on source confusion in music. Paper presented at ICOM-6, Budapest, July.
Wimmer, M. Koenig, L. & Hollins T. J. (2016). It looks familiar but I don’t recollect: repetition affects recognition memory differently in children and adults. Paper presented at ICOM-6, Budapest, July.
Lange, N. *, Hollins, T. J. & Bach, P. (2015). Source monitoring account of source errors in action memory. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, London, January.
Lange, N. *, Hollins, T. J. & Bach, P. (2015). No, you did that. Source errors in action memory. Paper presented at SARMAC XI, Vancouver, June.
Perfect, T. J. (2014). The scientific study of memory reconstruction and subjectivity. Keynote address at “Museums of Memory” meeting, University of Plymouth, June.
Beaufort, A., Brédart, S., Perfect, T. J. & Dehon, H. (2014). Are you sure that this word was your own idea? Poster presented at ICAP Conference, Paris, July.
Lange, N.*, Perfect, T. J. & Bach, P. (2014). Memory for actions: a 2-way mirror? Poster presented at the Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, Kent, April.
Perfect, T. J., Lange, N. , Dennis, I. & Berry, C. J. (2014). I told you so: during recall people give away more answers than they plagiarise. Paper presented at Metacog2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France, September.
Perfect, T. J. & Weber (2014). The monitoring improves memory effect. How? “Don’t know”. Paper presented at Metacog2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France, September.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
I have supervised the following students to higher degrees.
1997 Carolyn Edwards (Ph.D.)
1998 Tara Hollins (Ph.D.) Chris Moulin (Ph.D.)
2000 Alexa Morcom (Ph.D.) Sue Heatherley (M.Sc.)
2002 Leigh Riby (Ph.D.)
2003 Louise Farbus (Ph.D.)
2004 Hassina Carder (Ph.D.)
2006 Louisa-Jayne Stark (Ph.D.) Nicola Weston (Ph.D.) Kirsten Burghardt (Ph.D.)
2016 Laura Koenig (Ph.D.) Nicholas Lange (Ph.D.)
2018 Bazah Almubark (Ph.D.) Siew Tan (Ph.D)
2019 Pamela Rae (Ph.D, awaiting final decision)
Grants & contracts
Total career grant income to date (excluding PhD scholarships), approximately £1.8M.
Learning from total failure: Why do impossible tests boost learning? (PI, with Chris Mitchell and Andy Wills, Plymouth). Awarded by ESRC £285K (ES/N018702/1)
Testing alternate accounts of unconscious plagiarism. (P.I. with Ian Dennis). Awarded by ESRC £238K. (RES-062-23-2766).
Construal, Processing Style, and Memory for Social Events. (C. I. with Natalie Wyer and Sabine Pahl). Awarded by ESRC £240K. (RES-062-23-1899)
Unconscious plagiarism in younger and older adults. £1400. Undergraduate Research Bursary from The Nuffield Foundation (URB/35805).
Improving eyewitness identification accuracy using free-report lineups (C. I. with Nathan Weber, Flinders University). Australian Research Council, AUS$207K (c. £92K) (DP087890)
Mental Control and the Self: Ironic Effects of Thought Suppression on the Perception, Behaviour, and Memory of the Self. (C.I. with Natalie Wyer and Giuliana Mazzoni). £130K awarded by ESRC. (R000-23-0622)
Monitoring, control and face recognition memory in older and younger adults. (C. I. with Dr Nathan Weber, Flinders University). £14K awarded by the British Academy for a visiting fellowship for Nathan Weber.
The role of working memory in encoding into long-term memory. £117K for 3-year fellowship awarded by Great Western Research, (C. I. with Prof Klaus Oberauer, University of Bristol.)
Repetition priming in single and mixed task environments. (C. I. with Dr Ian Dennis). £80K awarded by the ESRC (R000222109)
Rejection mechanisms in recognition memory. (C. I. with Dr Phil Higham, University of Southampton). £93K awarded by the ESRC. (R000-23-1375)
Exploring task-specific repetition priming and the response congruence effect (C. I. with Dr Ian Dennis). £45K awarded by ESRC (R000-22-1191).
Social and cognitive explanations of the own age bias in face recognition. (P. I. with Dr Natalie Wyer) £56K awarded by The Leverhulme Trust. (F/00 568).
The effects of elaboration on unconscious plagiarism (P. I. with Louisa Stark). £46K awarded by the ESRC. (R000221647).
Royal Society Conference Award, for attendance at SARMAC VI in Wellington NZ, £1.7K.
The cognitive neuroscience of aging. (P. I. with Prof Mike Denham) £125K, from Research Councils UK for a 5-year Academic Fellowship Award.
Ageing, inhibition and attentional control. (C. I. with Dr Pilar Andres & Dr Louise Phillips). £40K awarded by ESRC. (R000220237)
Alternate move choice and processing demands in executive tasks (C. I. with Hassina Carder & Dr Simon Handley). £43K awarded by ESRC. (R000220607).
An associative model of retrieval induced forgetting. £83K awarded by the BBSRC
Investigating the relationship between simulated depth, cognitive function and metacognitive awareness. £20K awarded by Health and Safety Executive. (C. I. With Dr P. Bryson, Ms J. Pimlott and Ms S. Harding of DDRC).
Monitoring the source of memories: Source memory, false memories and unconscious plagiarism. (C.I. Aus$10K, with Prof M. Carroll).
Investigating retrieval inhibition. £12K awarded by The Leverhulme Trust (RFG/2/2000/237).
Retrieval inhibition in normal and pathological aging (P.I. with Prof M. Conway & Dr R. Jones). (R000222681) £40K awarded by ESRC.
Designing library software systems with older adults in mind. (P. I. with Dr J. Noyes). Prize competition worth £50K, including studentship, funded by Research into Ageing / AgeNet.
Parallels between frontal lobe deficits and cognitive aging in a realistic context. £72K awarded by the Medical Research Council.
Developing implicit measures of advertising effectiveness. £61K awarded by the ESRC ROPA scheme (R022250018).
Investigating recollective experience in older adults. £1.3K awarded by the Nuffield Foundation
Continuation of: Measuring advertising effectiveness with implicit memory measures. £2K awarded by the Financial Times plc.
Measuring advertising effectiveness with implicit memory measures. £24K from Financial Times plc.
Investigating the confidence - accuracy relation in eyewitness and semantic memory. £59K awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council. (R000234838).
Does age differentially affect access to knowledge about memory contents and complete retrieval (P. I. with Pat Rabbitt). £28K awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council. (R000233736)
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