School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. I was born and educated in the UK. I relocated to Australia in 2017.
I primarily conduct research on human memory accuracy. For example, I have led projects examining how accurately groups of people recall shared experiences together, how accurately eyewitnesses recall crimes, and how accurately jurors recall trial evidence. Importantly, I am also interested in knowing how human memory accuracy can be improved.
I specialise in teaching people about human memory, memory and law, research methods, and statistics. I have lectured to a range of different audiences including undergraduates, fellow academics, medical professionals, and senior police officers.
Date Institution name Country Title 2004 - 2007 Lancaster University United Kingdom PhD 2001 - 2002 Lancaster University United Kingdom MSc Psychological Research Methods 1998 - 2001 Lancaster University United Kingdom BA (Hons) Psychology
Year Citation 2022 Thorley, C., Acton, B., Armstrong, J., Ford, S., & Gundry, M. (2022). Are estimates of faces' ages less accurate when they wear sunglasses or face masks and do these disguises make it harder to later recognise the faces when undisguised?. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 7(1), 17-1-7-12.
2021 O’Brien, F., & Thorley, C. (2021). Memory of people from missing person posters: the number of posters seen, the number of times they are seen, and the passage of time matter. Psychology, Crime & Law, 27(8), 779-795.
2021 Childs, M. J., Jones, A., Thwaites, P., Zdravković, S., Thorley, C., Suzuki, A., . . . Tree, J. J. (2021). Do individual differences in face recognition ability moderate the other ethnicity effect?. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47(7), 893-907.
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2020 Thorley, C. (2020). How old was he? Disguises, age, and race impact upon age estimation accuracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 35(2), 460-472.
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2020 Thorley, C. (2020). The Effects of Acute Moderate and High Intensity Exercise on Memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1-11.
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2020 Thorley, C. (2020). Misinformation encountered during a simulated jury deliberation can distort jurors’ memory of a trial and bias their verdicts. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 25(2), 150-164.
2019 Romero-Rivas, C., Thorley, C., Skelton, K., & Costa, A. (2019). Foreign accents reduce false recognition rates in the DRM paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31(5-6), 507-521.
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2019 Lorek, J., Centifanti, L. C. M., Lyons, M., & Thorley, C. (2019). The impact of individual differences on jurors’ note taking during trials and recall of trial evidence, and the association between the type of evidence recalled and verdicts. PLoS ONE, 14(2), 25 pages.
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2019 Thorley, C. (2019). The impact of prior trial experience on mock jurors’ note taking during trials and recall of trial evidence. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(JAN), 10 pages.
2018 Thorley, C., Almond, L., Gregory, A., McAlonan, V., & McLoughlin, A. (2018). An archival analysis of sexual assault victims’ age estimation accuracy when describing stranger offenders. Psychology, Crime & Law, 24(10), 1030-1049.
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2018 Thorley, C. (2018). Enhancing individual and collaborative eyewitness memory with category clustering recall. Memory, 26(8), 1128-1139.
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2017 Thorley, C., & Christiansen, P. (2017). The impact of own and others’ alcohol consumption on social contagion following a collaborative memory task. Memory, 26(6), 1-14.
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2017 Thorley, C., & Kumar, D. (2017). Eyewitness susceptibility to co-witness misinformation is influenced by co-witness confidence and own self-confidence. Psychology, Crime and Law, 23(4), 342-360.
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2016 Marion, S. B., & Thorley, C. (2016). A Meta-Analytic Review of Collaborative Inhibition and Postcollaborative Memory: Testing the Predictions of the Retrieval Strategy Disruption Hypothesis. Psychological Bulletin, 142(11), 1141-1164.
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2016 Thorley, C., Dewhurst, S. A., Abel, J. W., & Knott, L. M. (2016). Eyewitness memory: The impact of a negative mood during encoding and/or retrieval upon recall of a non-emotive event. Memory, 24(6), 838-852.
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2016 Thorley, C. (2016). Note Taking and Note Reviewing Enhance Jurors’ Recall of Trial Information. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(5), 655-663.
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2016 Thorley, C., Baxter, R. E., & Lorek, J. (2016). The impact of note taking style and note availability at retrieval on mock jurors? recall and recognition of trial information. Memory, 24(4), 560-574.
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2015 Thorley, C. (2015). Blame conformity: Innocent bystanders can be blamed for a crime as a result of misinformation from a young, but not elderly, adult co-witness. PLoS ONE, 10(7), 15 pages.
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2014 Schnitzspahn, K. M., Thorley, C., Phillips, L., Voigt, B., Threadgold, E., Hammond, E. R., . . . Kliegel, M. (2014). Mood impairs time-based prospective memory in young but not older adults: The mediating role of attentional control. Psychology and Aging, 29(2), 264-270.
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2014 Knott, L. M., & Thorley, C. (2014). Mood-congruent false memories persist over time. Cognition and Emotion, 28(5), 903-912.
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2013 Thorley, C., & Rushton-Woods, J. (2013). Blame conformity: Leading eyewitness statements can influence attributions of blame for an accident. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(3), 291-296.
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2013 Thorley, C. (2013). Memory conformity and suggestibility. Psychology, Crime and Law, 19(7), 565-575.
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2013 Thorley, C. (2013). The effects of recent sleep duration, sleep quality, and current sleepiness on eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 27(5), 690-695.
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2011 Dewhurst, S. A., Thorley, C., Hammond, E. R., & Ormerod, T. C. (2011). Convergent, but not divergent, thinking predicts susceptibility to associative memory illusions. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(1), 73-76.
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2009 Thorley, C., & Dewhurst, S. A. (2009). False and veridical collaborative recognition. Memory, 17(1), 17-25.
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2009 Dewhurst, S. A., Bould, E., Knott, L. M., & Thorley, C. (2009). The roles of encoding and retrieval processes in associative and categorical memory illusions. Journal of Memory and Language, 60(1), 154-164.
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2007 Thorley, C., & Dewhurst, S. A. (2007). Collaborative false recall in the DRM procedure: Effects of group size and group pressure. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 19(6), 867-881.
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