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Rebecca Wheeler

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PositionPhD Student
Department Psychology
Email r.wheeler (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 896 2798
Twitter@R_L_Wheeler
Rebecca Wheeler

I am a third year PhD student funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and supervised by Professor Fiona Gabbert and Dr Siân Jones. My background is in applied cognitive psychology, and my current work focuses heavily on investigative interviewing. In particular, I am currently working on adding a novel self-generated cue mnemonic to the Cognitive Interview. I am also working alongside Trident (of the Metropolitan Police Service) and Xcalibre (of Greater Manchester Police) to establish whether social influence techniques could be used to encourage reluctant witnesses to engage with the criminal justice system.

Grants & Awards

  • Finalist in the ESRC ‘World in 2065’ Writing Competition. One of 10 finalists in a writing competition examining the future of the social sciences, in celebration of 50 years of SAGE and the ESRC.
  • Public Engagement Grant (£1000). Awarded by Goldsmiths Impact and Public Engagement Advisory Group (2015) alongside Laura Oxburgh, Ashleigh McGregor, & Fiona Gabbert to host ‘The Death of Jane Doe: The psychology of a murder investigation’ in collaboration with Gordon Wright (one of five awarded).

On the web

Research Interests

I am a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit (FPU). You can see more about our work at http://www.gold.ac.uk/forensic-psychology-unit/. The FPU also tweet on @ForensicGold.

Publications

Article

Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Review
Wheeler, Rebecca L. and Gabbert, Fiona. 2017. Using Self-Generated Cues to Facilitate Recall: A Review. Frontiers, ISSN 0160-9009

On the persuadability of memory: Is changing people’s memories no more than changing their minds?
Nash, Robert A.; Wheeler, Rebecca L. and Hope, Lorraine. 2014. On the persuadability of memory: Is changing people’s memories no more than changing their minds? British Journal of Psychology, 106(2), pp. 308-326. ISSN 0007-1269

Explicit Mentalizing Mechanisms and Their Adaptive Role in Memory Conformity
Wheeler, Rebecca L.; Allan, Kevin; Tsivilis, Dimitris; Martin, Douglas and Gabbert, Fiona. 2013. Explicit Mentalizing Mechanisms and Their Adaptive Role in Memory Conformity. PLOS ONE, 8(4), ISSN 1932-6203

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