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Associate Professor of Psychology

Chad Dodson

University of Virginia

Chad Dodson is Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Cognitive Science program at the University of Virginia.  He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and his A.B. from Reed College.  He has published extensively on the causes and consequences of false memories with the ultimate goal of understanding memory.  One line of research suggests that the memory problems that accompany old age are substantially caused by the occurrence of convincing and confidently-held illusory memories.  Another line of research, funded by the National Science Foundation, is examining when eyewitness memory is more and less likely to be reliable.  Dodson has been a visiting Associate Professor of Psychology at Princeton University and is currently a Fellow of the LIFE Academy of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, Germany.