Welcome to Dr. Waddill's home page


I am a cognitive psychologist with research interests in learning, memory, and psycholinguistics as well as statistics and research design. I also serve as the chair of the Murray State Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. I have been a member of the MSU Psychology Department since 1994. A brief biography is presented below, but for more information, including recent publications and presentations, check out my Vita.

Use the Course Pages at left to navigate to the home pages of the various courses I teach at Murray State.

My Current Research Interests


Why is it that what we remember reading or hearing isn't always what we actually read or heard? Why do we recall objects as having been in one location when they were actually in another? What makes some faces harder to recognize than others?

I conduct research in human learning and memory that seeks to answer questions like these. Current lines of investigation in my lab include episodic memory, memory representations, and encoding processes that enhance memory. My work also includes forensic and educational applications of memory research.

I welcome both undergraduate and graduate students into my lab either as research assistants on projects already underway or as investigators on their own individual research projects. Mentoring students in research is something I find enjoyable and rewarding. In 2007, I was honored to receive the university's Distinguished Mentor Award in recognition of my work with students.

Educational Background


•  Ph.D. in Learning and Memory, Purdue University

•  M.S. in Education of the Hearing Impaired, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

•  B.S. in Elementary Education, Oklahoma State University

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