Benton Pierce


I am an assistant professor specializing in cognitive psychology. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University, with post-doctoral work completed at Harvard. I am interested in false or illusory memories and the role of monitoring processes in reducing such memory errors. My research also examines false memories in older adults and patients with Alzheimer's disease.  My additional interests include metacognition, applications of basic memory research to educational settings, and the effect of emotion on memory.


Dr. Pierce's Memory Lab Website


Representative Publications:

Pierce, B. H., Gallo, D. A., Weiss, J. A., & Schacter, D. L. (2005).  The modality effect in false recognition: Evidence for test-based monitoring. Memory & Cognition. 33, 1407-1413.

Pierce, B. H., Sullivan, A. L., Schacter, D. L., & Budson, A. E. (2005). Comparing source-based and gist-based false recognition in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Neuropsychology, 19, 411-419.

Pierce, B. H., Waring, J. D., Schacter, D. L., & Budson, A. E. (2008). Effects of distinctive encoding on source-based false recognition:  Further examination of recall-to-reject processes in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 21, 179-186.