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Chad Dodson

Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
B005/B052 Gilmer Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Our research focuses on memory with an emphasis on the occurrence of (a) false memories, (b) overconfidence in one’s memories and (c) changes in memory across the lifespan.  For example, some of our research examines eyewitness memory.  We have observed with a typical eyewitness suggestibility paradigm that older adults are much more likely than younger adults to assert confidently that they remember witnessing an event that was only suggested to them.  Some of our current projects are examining whether this age-related effect generalizes to more naturalistic eyewitness settings and whether there are variables that can minimize the occurrence of these kinds of high confidence errors.  See our website (faculty.virginia.edu/dodson) for more information and here are some representative publications:

  • Bryce, M. S. & Dodson, C. S. (2012).  The Cross-Age Effect in Recognition Performance and Memory Monitoring for Faces.  Psychology & Aging.
  • Dodson, C. S., Spaniol, M., O’Connor, M. K., Deason, R. G., Ally, G. A., & Budson, A. E. (2011).  Alzheimer’s disease and memory-monitoring impairment:  Alzheimer’s patients show a monitoring deficit that is greater than their accuracy deficit.  Neuropsychologia, 49, 2609 – 2618
  • Jaswal, V.K. & Dodson, C.S. (2009).  Metamemory Development:  Understanding the Role of Similarity in False Memories.  Cognitive Development, 80, 629-635
  • Dodson, C. S., & Krueger, L. E. (2006).  I misremember it well: Why older adults are unreliable eyewitnesses.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13, 770- 775
AS-STAT Understanding and Improving Effectiveness of Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Source: Laura and John Arnold Foundation
December 02, 2016 – February 28, 2021
AS-PSYC Understanding Confidence: Eyewitness Testimony as a Model Case
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
September 01, 2016 – August 31, 2019
High Confidence Eyewitness Memory Errors in Older Adults
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Soc., Behav. & Eco. Science
August 01, 2009 – July 31, 2013
PSYC 1010: Introductory Psychology
Credits: 3
Overview of psychology from both the natural science and social science perspectives. Topics include biological bases of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, learning, motivation, thought, maturational and developmental changes, individual differences, personality, social behavior, and abnormal psychology. In some terms an optional one credit discussion section (graded S/U) is offered. An optional weekly review session is offered for those who wish to attend.
PSYC 3559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
PSYC 3870: Seminar for Distinguished Majors
Credits: 1
Topics include the design of independent research projects, ethical considerations in research, computer applications, and preparation for a career in psychology. S/U grading. Prerequisite: Acceptance in Psychology or CogSci Distinguished Majors Program. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 4970 or PSYC 4980 or COGS 4970 or COGS 4980.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
PSYC 4290: Memory Distortions
Credits: 3
Although memory is generally accurate, some illusions and distortions in remembering are unavoidable. We will review both neuroscience and cognitive research on a variety of different memory problems, ranging from relatively benign tip-of-the-tongue experiences to untrustworthy eye-witness testimony. Our ultimate goal will be to understand the neural basis and cognitive processes that contribute to these constructive memory phenomena.
PSYC 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology. Enrollment Requirement: You are required to register for PSYC 3870.
COGS 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
COGS 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
PSYC 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings. Prerequisite: Participants in the Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology.
PSYC 7501: Contemporary Issues: Cognitive Psychology
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 7559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.