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About Marianne E. Lloyd

The embarrassing experience of waving to a "friend" at a store or on campus only to realize that it is a stranger has happened to just about everyone. My research is aimed at understanding the factors that make this sort of memory error more likely to happen and the ways that it can be avoided. To study these questions, I use a laboratory memory task in which participants study a list of items and then take a test. By changing the kind of information that is studied (often words versus pictures) and the types of tricky items on the test (easy or difficult), I am able to systematically study the way that memory works. Right now, much of this work is in collaboration with Dr. Amy Hunter and we are interested in how sleep and stress impact memory errors.
In addition to this basic research, I am also engaged in practical memory projects. One of these is with Fr. Kevin Grove from Notre Dame University on how principles of memory can improve faith lives. Another line of inquiry regards how to improve student success in classrooms.
I have been teaching in the Department of Psychology at Seton Hall University since 2006. Prior to my arrival, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Temple University for one year after receiving my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2005.

Ph.D., SUNY at Binghamton, 2005
M.S., SUNY at Binghamton, 2003
B.S., Youngstown State University, 2000


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Seton Hall University


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Honors and Awards

  • University Research Council Award, 2009, Seton Hall University

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