Assoc/Prof Ullrich Ecker
Psychological Science, School of
- Contact details
- School of Psychological Science
The University of Western Australia (M304)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 3257
- +61 8 6488 1006
- Personal homepage
- DipPsych PhD Saarland
- APD Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2011-2015)
PhD (2007) and Dipl.Psych. (2003) from Saarland University, Germany
- Key research
- The psychology of misinformation
- Memory updating
- Binding in memory
- Cook, J., Lewandowsky, S., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2017).
Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence.
Swire, B., Ecker, U. K. H., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017).
The role of familiarity in correcting inaccurate information.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition.
Chang, E. P., Ecker, U. K. H., & Page, A. C. (2017).
Impaired memory updating associated with impaired recall of negative words in dysphoric rumination—Evidence for a removal deficit.
Behaviour Research and Therapy, 93, 22-28.
Swire, B., Berinsky, A. J., Lewandowsky, S. & Ecker, U. K. H. (2017).
Processing political misinformation—comprehending the Trump phenomenon.
Royal Society Open Science, 4, 160802.
Ecker, U. K. H., Hogan, J. L., & Lewandowsky, S. (2017).
Reminders and repetition of misinformation: Helping or hindering its retraction?
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.
Trembath, D., Paynter, J., Keen, D., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2016).
“Attention: Myth follows!” Facilitated communication, parent and professional attitudes towards evidence-based practice, and the power of misinformation.
Evidence-based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 9, 113-126.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Cheung, C. S. C., & Maybery, M. T. (2015).
He did it! She did it! No, she did not! Multiple causal explanations and the continued influence of misinformation.
Journal of Memory and Language, 85, 101-115.
Ecker, U. K. H., Brown, G. D. A., & Lewandowsky, S. (2015).
Memory without consolidation: Temporal distinctiveness explains retroactive interference.
Cognitive Science, 39, 1570-1593.
Cook, J., Ecker, U. K. H., & Lewandowsky, S. (2015).
Misinformation and its correction.
Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1-17.
Ecker, U. K. H., Tay, J.-X., & Brown, G. D. A. (2015).
Effects of pre-study and post-study rest on memory: Support for temporal interference accounts of forgetting.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 772-778.
Fenton, O. & Ecker, U. K. H. (2015).
Memory updating in sub-clinical eating disorder: Differential effects with food and body-shape words.
Eating Behaviors, 17, 103-106.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Chang, E. P., & Pillai, R. (2014).
The effects of subtle misinformation in news headlines.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20, 323-335.
Ecker, U. K. H., Oberauer, K., & Lewandowsky, S. (2014).
Working memory updating involves item-specific removal.
Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 1-15.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2014).
Removal of information from working memory: A specific updating process.
Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 77-90.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Fenton, O., & Martin, K. (2014).
Do people keep believing because they want to? Pre-existing attitudes and the continued influence of misinformation.
Memory & Cognition, 42, 292-304.
Hasan, A., Wobrock, T., Falkai, P., Schneider-Axmann, T., Guse, B., Backens, M., Ecker, U. K. H., Heimes, J., Scherk, H., & Gruber, O. (2014).
Hippocampal integrity and neurocognition in first-episode schizophrenia: A multidimensional study.
World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 15, 188-199.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2013).
Removal of information from working memory.
In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 400-405). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Ecker, U. K. H., Maybery, M. T., & Zimmer, H. D. (2013).
Binding of intrinsic and extrinsic features in working memory.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 218-234.
Lewandowsky, S., Ecker, U. K. H., Schwarz, N., Seifert, C., & Cook, J. (2012).
Misinformation and its correction: Continued influence and successful debiasing.
Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13, 106-131.
Ecker, U. K. H., & Lewandowsky, S. (2012).
Computational constraints in cognitive theories of forgetting.
Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 400.
Kueper, K., Groh-Bordin, C., Zimmer, H. D., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2012).
Electrophysiological correlates of exemplar-specific processes in implicit and explicit memory.
Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 52-64.
Lewandowsky, S., Ecker, U. K. H., Farrell, S., & Brown, G. D. A. (2012).
Models of cognition and (unnecessary?) constraints from neuroscience: A case study involving consolidation.
Australian Journal of Psychology, 64, 37-45.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Swire, B., & Chang, D. (2011).
Correcting false information in memory: Manipulating the strength of misinformation encoding and its retraction.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 570-578.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., & Apai, J. (2011).
Terrorists brought down the plane!—No, actually it was a technical fault: Processing corrections of emotive information.
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 283-310.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., & Tang, D. T. W. (2010).
Explicit warnings reduce but do not eliminate the continued influence of misinformation.
Memory & Cognition, 38, 1087-1100.
Lewandowsky, S., Oberauer, K., Yang, L. X., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2010).
A working memory test battery for Matlab.
Behavior and Research Methods, 42, 571-585.
Zimmer, H. D., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2010).
Remembering perceptual features unequally bound in object and episodic tokens: Neural mechanisms and their electrophysiological correlates.
Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 1066-1079.
Wobrock, T., Hasan, A., Malchow, B., Wolff-Menzler, C., Guse, B., Lang, N., Schneider-Axmann, T., Ecker, U. K. H., Falkai, P. (2010).
Increased cortical inhibition deficits in first-episode schizophrenia with comorbid cannabis abuse.
Psychopharmacology, 208, 353-363.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., Oberauer, K., & Chee, A. E. H. (2010).
The components of working memory updating: An experimental decomposition and individual differences.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
Ecker, U. K. H., Lewandowsky, S., & Oberauer, K. (2009).
Components of working memory updating.
In N. A. Taatgen & H. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 347-352). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
Ecker, U. K. H., Arend, A. M., Bergström, K., & Zimmer, H. D. (2009).
Verbal predicates foster recollection but not familiarity of a task-irrelevant feature—an ERP study.
Consciousness & Cognition, 18, 679-689.
Wobrock, T., Ecker, U. K. H., Scherk, H., Schneider-Axmann, T., Falkai, P., & Gruber, O. (2009).
Cognitive impairment of executive function as a core symptom of schizophrenia.
World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 10, 442-451.
Bermeitinger, C., Goelz, R., Johr, N., Neumann, M., Ecker, U. K. H., & Doerr, R. (2009).
The hidden persuaders break into the tired brain.
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 320-326.
Ecker, U. K. H., & Zimmer, H. D. (2009).
ERP evidence for flexible adjustment of retrieval orientation and its influence on familiarity.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 1907-1919.
Wobrock, T., Schneider, M., Kadovic, D., Schneider-Axmann, T., Ecker, U. K. H., Retz, W., Rösler, M., & Falkai, P. (2008).
Reduced cortical inhibition in first-episode schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia Research, 105, 252-261.
Ecker, U. K. H., Zimmer, H. D., & Groh-Bordin, C. (2007).
The influence of object and background color manipulations on the electrophysiological indices of recognition memory.
Brain Research, 1185, 221-230.
Ecker, U. K. H., Zimmer, H. D., & Groh-Bordin, C. (2007).
Color and context: An ERP study on intrinsic and extrinsic feature binding in episodic memory.
Memory & Cognition, 35, 1483-1501.
Ecker, U. K. H., Zimmer, H. D., Groh-Bordin, C., & Mecklinger, A. (2007).
Context effects on familiarity are familiarity effects of context - An electrophysiological study.
International Journal of Psychophysiology, 64, 146-156.
Groh-Bordin, C., Zimmer, H. D., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2006).
Has the butcher on the bus dyed his hair? When color changes modulate ERP correlates of familiarity and recollection.
NeuroImage, 32, 1879-1890.
Zimmer, H. D., Steiner, A., & Ecker, U. K. H. (2002).
How "implicit" are implicit color effects in memory?
Experimental Psychology, 49, 120-131.
Ecker, U. K. H. (2007).
Objects in context. The neurocognitive representation, binding, and processing of object and context features in recognition memory – An electrophysiological approach. Saarbruecken, Germany: VDM.
Swire, B. & Ecker, U. K. H. (2018).
Misinformation and its correction: Cognitive mechanisms and recommendations for mass communication.
In B. G. Southwell, E. A. Thorson, & L. Sheble (Eds.), Misinformation and Mass Audiences. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Ecker, U. K. H., Swire, B., & Lewandowsky, S. (2014).
Correcting misinformation – A challenge for education and cognitive science.
In D. N. Rapp & J. Braasch (Eds.), Processing Inaccurate Information: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives from Cognitive Science and the Educational Sciences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Ecker, U. K. H., Groh-Bordin, C., & Zimmer, H. D. (2004).
Electrophysiological correlates of specific feature binding in remembering – Introducing a neurocognitive model of human memory.
In A. Mecklinger, H. D. Zimmer, & U. Lindenberger (Eds.), Bound in Memory – Insights from Behavioral and Neuropsychological Studies (pp.159-193). Aachen, Germany: Shaker.
- Roles, responsibilities and expertise
- Unit coordinator:
Director, Community and Engagement
Chair of School Colloquium Committee
Chair of School Honours Conference Committee
- Funding received
- Industrial relevance
- I am an expert on human memory and the effects of misinformation on reasoning and decision making. My research can inform communication strategies, in particular when trying to debunk myths.
- German, English
- Psychonomic Society
Cognitive Science Society
Association for Psychological Science
Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Psychologie
- Honours and awards
- 2015 UWA Faculty of Science Rising Star Award, 2nd Prize
2014 Vice Chancellor's Mid-Career Research Award
2012 Finalist, Western Australian Early Career Scientist of the Year Award
2011/2012 Excellence in Coursework Teaching Award (Early Career); UWA Faculty of Life & Physical Sciences
2011 UWA Outstanding Young Investigator Award
2009 Postdoctoral Award for "Best work accepted for publication by a UWA early-career researcher"
- PSYC2215/3315 - Cognitive Psychology
PSYC4410 - Psychological Research Communication Skills
PSYC1101 - Mind and Brain (Cognition module)
PSYC3311 - Specialist Research Topics (2012-2013)
- Current external positions
- Honorary Research Collaborator, University of Bristol
- Current projects
- 2016-2019 ARC Discovery Project, “The psychology of misinformation—Towards a theory-driven understanding”, with S Lewandowsky (Bristol) & G Brown (Warwick), AU$434,200
2013 WUN Research Development Award, Responding and adapting to climate change: Recognizing and managing uncertainty in the physical, social, and public spheres, Lewandowsky et al., GBP13,300
2013 UWA Research Collaboration Award, Memory Models and Neuroimaging, Ecker, Lewandowsky, Bayliss, Jarrold, Farrell, Brooks, Thai, Briscoe, Cook, & Swire, AU$19,000
2011 ARC Discovery Project, Memory consolidation-Integrating cognitive science and neuroscience approaches to how we remember and how we forget, with M Maybery (UWA), G Brown (Warwick) & R Henson (Cambridge), AU$422,000
- Research profile
Research profile and publications