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Justyna Olszewska, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: CLOW F026
Phone: (920) 424-7173
Email: olszewsj@uwosh.edu

  • M.A. University of Lodz, Poland
  • Ph.D. Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • Visiting Researcher at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The constructive nature of memory can be shown in paradigms in which inferences are made based on encoded material and then the inferences are recalled as information actually presented. My research is aimed at the scientific understanding of memory errors that arise both, in short term and long term memory. I seek answers to the following sorts of questions:

- why memory errors occur and how we can avoid them?

- how different input modality affects veridical memory and false recalls and recognitions

- what is the role of individual characteristics i.e., a cognitive style, time perspectives, and dominant affect, in creating false memories for an original event presented in various formats and modalities?

To answer these questions I use a variety of paradigms, ranging from those related to naturally occurring to suggestion dependent memory distortions.

In addition, I am collaborating with the Polish team on the project in which we investigate time-of-day effect on neural mechanisms underlying false memories formation in short-term memory.

Recent Publications

  • Falkowski, A., Sidoruk-Blach, M., Bartosiewicz, Z., & Olszewska, J. (in press). Asymmetry in similarity formation: Implications for the negativity effect. American Journal of Psychology.
  • Ulatowska, J., Olszewska, J., & Hanson, M.D. (2016). Do format differences in the presentation of information affect susceptibility to memory distortions? The three stage misinformation procedure reconsidered. American Journal of Psychology, 4, 407-417.
  • Olszewska, J., Reuter-Lorenz, P.A., Munier, E., & Bendler, S.A. (2015). Misremembering What You See or Hear: Dissociable Effects of Modality on Short- and Long-Term False Recognition. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41, 1316-1325.
  • Olszewska. J., Grochowska, A., & Gasiorowska. A. (2014). The role of imagination in memory for sentences. Przeglad Psychologiczny (The Review of Psychology. Official Journal of the Polish Psychological Association), 57, 213-228.
  • Falkowski, A., Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2014). Are look-alikes confusing? The application of the DRM paradigm to test consumers’ confusion in counterfeit cases. Marketing Letters. DOI 10.1007/s11002-014-9279-0.
  • Gasiorowska, M., Grochowska, A., & Olszewska, J. (2014). The role of knowledge, product category and information in false memories formation of advertisements. Przedsiebiorczossc & Zarzadzanie, 15, 243-260.
  • Ulatowska, J. & Olszewska, J. (2013). Creating associative memory distortions - a Polish adaptation of the DRM paradigm. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 4, 449-456.
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2013). Encoding strategy affects false recall and recognition: Evidence from categorical study material. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 9(1), 44-52.
  • Olszewska, J. (2011). Memory distortions as a result of prior knowledge and different encoding strategies. Psychological Annals, 2, 189-206.
  • Falkowski, A., Du Cane, D., & Olszewska, J. (2011). Color and shape in brand identification Part 1: Associative strength of perceptual features. Marketing & Rynek, 4, 13-18.
  • Falkowski, A., Du Cane, D., & Olszewska, J. (2011). Color and shape in brand identification Part 2: Psychological analysis of positioning in the market of low-involvement products. Marketing & Rynek, 5, 16-21.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Bednarek, H., Orzechowski, J., Przedniczek, M., Szewczyk, R., Olszewska, J., & Ziembowicz, M. (2017, July). Can a set of cognitive trainings of executive functions improve functioning of the orienting and executive control system? International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. Warsaw, Poland.
  • Falkowski, A., Sidoruk-Blach, M., Bartosiewicz, Z., & Olszewska, J. (May, 2017). Asymmetry in Similarity Formation. Implications for the Negativity Effect. 29th APS Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
  • Bednarek, H., Przedniczek, M., & Olszewska, J. (May, 2017). The Effect of Inhibition Mechanisms on Susceptibility to the Ponzo Illusion. 29th APS Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
  • Ulatowska, J., Olszewska, J., Wisniewska, D., & Rogowski, T. (May, 2017). Associative memory errors in the sign language. 29th APS Annual Convention, Boston, USA.
  • Ulatowska, J., Olszewska, J., & Hanson, M.D. (2016). Do differences in the format of information affect susceptibility to suggestion? The Three Stage Misinformation Procedure Reconsidered. XIII PSPS Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Olszewska, J. & Ulatowska, J. (2016, July). Associative errors formation in deaf people. International Conference on Memory, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Olszewska, J. & Ulatowska, J. (2015, November).  Beware of critical lure. The effect of explicit warning and training on memory performance. 57th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago, USA.
  • Ulatowska, J. & Olszewska, J. (2015, July). Reducing memory distortions level by means of encoding strategy in the DRM paradigm. 19th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP 2015), Paphos, Cyprus.
  • Ulatowska, J. & Olszewska, J. (2015, July). Is a picture worth a thousand words? The effect of encoding, misinformation and test formats on susceptibility to memory distortions. 19th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP 2015), Paphos, Cyprus.
  • Ulatowska, J. & Olszewska, J. (2015, September). Is a picture worth a thousand words? Reducing misinformation effect by means of encoding-test format match. XII Zjazd PSPS, Lodz, Poland.
  • Olszewska, J., Reuter-Lorenz, P.A., Munier, E., & Bendler, S. (2014, November). What you think you saw or heard depends on test delay: Modality effects on short- and long-term false memories. 55 Annual Meeting Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Olszewska, J. & Ulatowska, J. (2014, November). Reducing false recognition with a two alternative forced choice test in the DRM paradigm. 55 Annual Meeting Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Ulatowska, J. & Olszewska, J. (2014, November). What we see, read or hear may be distorted differently. The effect of encoding format on recognition performance. 55 Annual Meeting Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2014, July). Reducing false recognition with a format of memory test. 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2013, September). The influence of different types of warning instructions on misinformation effect. EAPL Conference, Coventry, England
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2013, September). Reducing the misinformation effect: The role of type and temporal placement of warning instructions. XVIII Conference ESCOP Cognitive Psychology, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Ulatowska, J., & Olszewska, J. (2013, September). Encoding strategy effect on false recall and recognition in the DRM paradigm. XVIII Conference ESCOP Cognitive Psychology, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Olszewska, J., Bendler, S. & Reuter-Lorenz, P.A. (2013, September). Stimulus input modality affects the frequency of false working memories. XVIII Conference ESCOP Cognitive Psychology, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2012, May). The effect of imagery encoding on false recall and recognition in category repetition procedure. APS Annual Convention, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2012, April). Is counterfeiting profitable Asymmetry in recognition of original and lookalike product packages. European Associations of Psychology and Law EAPL Conference, Nikosia, Cyprus
  • Olszewska, J., & Ulatowska, J. (2011, July). The effect of imagery encoding on false recall and recognition in DRM paradigm. V International Conference on Memory. York, England

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