Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Rebecca Michelle Nichols

Lecturer, School of Social Sciences

Dr Rebecca Michelle Nichols

Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Nichols is a lecturer in the NTU-University Scholars Programme (NTU-USP) and the Psychology Programme at Nanyang Technological University. Becky earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine (Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth F. Loftus) where she studied memory distortion at the intersection of cognitive, social, and personality psychology. While at UC Irvine, she also cultivated her passion for teaching and served the university as a Pedagogical Fellow. Just prior to joining NTU, she worked in the private sector as a trial consultant, where she studied jurors’ decision-making with respect to both civil and criminal cases and assisted attorneys with jury selection at trial. Her research interests include cognitive errors and biases (including, especially, memory distortion), personality and individual differences, and pedagogical issues in higher education. She is thrilled to be at NTU and is especially proud to be a part of the NTU-USP family.
Research Interests
Human Memory
Memory Distortion
Eyewitness Identifications
Cognitive Errors & Biases
Individual Differences
Pedagogy in Higher Education
Current Projects
  • The implementation and Evaluation of an Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Programme
Selected Publications
  • Nichols, R.M. & Loftus, E. F. (2019). Who is susceptible in three false memory tasks?. Memory, 27(7), 962-984.
  • Nichols, R. M., Bogart, D., & Loftus, E. F.(2015). False Memories. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition)(709–714). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Nichols, R. M. (2014). Not all false memories are created equalProQuest.
  • Patihis, L., Frenda, S. J., LePort, A. K. R., Petersen, N., Nichols, R. M., Stark, C. E. L., McGaugh, J. L., & Loftus, E. F. (2013). False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 110(52), 20947–20952.
  • Frenda, S. F., Nichols, R. M., & Loftus, E. F. (2011). Current Issues and Advances in Misinformation Research. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(1), 20-23.

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