Dr Robert Nash
Dr Robert Nash
Dr Robert Nash is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Aston University. Born and bred in the West Midlands, he completed his PhD at the University of Warwick in 2009, and then held positions in Lancashire and Surrey before returning to Birmingham in 2015.
Much of Robert’s research explores how people reconstruct the past in memory. In particular, he studies the reasons why people sometimes remember past events differently from how they really occurred, or come to believe things about their experiences that are false. He is particularly interested in applications of memory psychology to the legal system, exploring social psychological techniques that support memory elicitation; such as gathering valuable information without leading an eyewitness to speculate or confabulate.
In recent years, he has been a co-investigator on projects funded by the European Union FP7, and the UK's College of Policing. He co-edited the recent publication False and Distorted Memories (Routledge, 2017) and is currently conducting research funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
"I am interested broadly in memory and cognition, but particularly in memory for past events and experiences (i.e., episodic or autobiographical memory). I study factors that shape what we remember or believe about these past experiences, including processing fluency, visual imagery, and evidence. I often apply my research to issues in legal psychology, especially investigative interviewing and eyewitness memory. However, I am also interested in other applications of memory research, for example in the domains of education and health."