Curt Carlson


Curt Carlson

I am an associate professor trained at the University of Oklahoma. My approach to research involves taking methods, empirical findings, and theoretical perspectives from the basic research literature and using them to answer significant applied problems. Specifically, I conduct research within cognitive psychology in the domain of memory. My focus is on face processing and the dual influences of recognition memory: recollection and familiarity.  I am especially interested in the involvement of these processes in the domain of eyewitness memory and decision-making. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, American Psychological Association, and the Charles Koch Foundation. Current projects in my Applied Cognition Lab involve the weapon focus effect, lineup composition, and the confidence-accuracy relationship.

Representative Publications:

Carlson, C. A., Gronlund, S. D., & Clark, S. E. (2008). Lineup composition, suspect position, and the sequential lineup advantage. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 14, 118-128. doi:10.1037/1076-898X.14.2.118

Carlson, C. A., Gronlund, S. D., Weatherford, D. R., & Carlson, M. A. (2012). Processing differences between feature-based facial composites and photos of real faces. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 525-540. doi:10.1002/acp.2824

Gronlund, S. D., Carlson, C. A., Neuschatz, J. S., Goodsell, C. A., Wetmore, S., Wooten, A., & Graham, M. (2012). Showups versus Lineups: A comparison using ROC analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1, 221-228. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2012.09.003

Carlson, C. A., & Carlson, M. A. (2014). An evaluation of lineup presentation, weapon presence, and a distinctive feature using ROC analysis. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 45-53. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.03.004

Carlson, C. A., Carlson, M. A., Weatherford, D. R., Tucker, A., & Bednarz, J. E. (2016). The effect of backloading instructions on eyewitness identification from simultaneous and sequential lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 1005-1013. doi: 10.1002/acp.3292

Carlson, C. A., Young, D. F., Weatherford, D. R., Carlson, M. A., Bednarz, J. E., & Jones, A. R. (2016). The influence of perpetrator exposure time and weapon presence/timing on eyewitness confidence and accuracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 898-910. doi: 10.1002/acp.3275

Carlson, C. A., Dias, J. L., Weatherford, D. R., & Carlson, M. A. (2017). An investigation of the weapon focus effect and the confidence-accuracy relationship for eyewitness identification. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 6, 82-92.