Quin M. Chrobak, Ph.D.
Office: Polk 47
Phone: (920) 424-2307
- B.A. (Psychology), Drew University (Madison, NJ) – 2002
- M.A. (Psychology), American University (Washington, DC) – 2005
- Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) Kent State University (Kent, OH) – 2010
My program of research is focused on understanding how memory and cognition operate in complex real world situations. Specifically, I am interested in distortions in memory, the mechanisms that underlie these errors (e.g., source monitoring) and the application of such mechanisms to situations that involve the suggestibility of eyewitness testimony. Most recently, my research has begun to explore the notion that the nature of the relationship between witnessed and suggested/fabricated events may contribute to the false memory development. In addition, I have an interest in how basic memory processes are influenced by emotion and stress.
Currently Teaching: Cognitive Psychology, General Psychology, Psychology Orientation
- Chrobak, Q.M., & Zaragoza, M.S. (2013). The misinformation effect: Past research and recent advances. In A. Ridley, F. Gabbert, & D. La Rooy (Eds.), Suggestibility in legal contexts: Psychological research and forensic implications (pp. 21-44). London: Wiley Blackwell.
- Chrobak, Q.M., & Zaragoza, M.S. (2013). When forced fabrications become truth: Causal explanations and false memory development. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 142(3), 827-844.
- Chrobak, Q.M., & Winterrowd, E. (Jan, 2013). Landing your first teaching job: Tips from two recent hires. Invited online article. Association of Psychological Science Observer, 26(1). Retrieved from http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/ observer/2013/january-13/landing-your-first-teaching-job-tips-from-two-recent-hires.html
- Chrobak, Q.M. & Zaragoza, M.S. (2009). The cognitive consequences of forced confabulation: Evidence from studies of eyewitness suggestibility. In W. Hirstein (Ed.). Confabulation: Views from Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Philosophy (pp. 67-90). New York: Oxford.
- Chrobak, Q.M. & Zaragoza, M.S. (2008). Inventing stories: Forcing witnesses to fabricate entire fictitious events leads to freely reported false memories. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15(6), 1190-1195.
Recent Conference Presentations
- Rindal, E., Chrobak, Q.M., Zaragoza, M.S., & Weihing, C. (2014, November). Mechanisms of eyewitness suggestibility: A test of the explanatory role hypothesis. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.
- Rindal, E., Chrobak, Q.M., & Zaragoza, M.S. (2013, November). Explanatory coherence and false recollection of suggested events. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.
- Chrobak, Q.M. (2013, May). Unexpectedness of witnessed outcomes predicts false memory development for suggested causal information. Paper presented to the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago Illinois.
- Groves, C.L., Lishner, D.A., & Chrobak, Q.M. (2012, May). The lone gunman effect:The impact of character role and social mode of play on the relationship between violent video games and aggression. Paper presented to the Midwestern Psychology Association, Chicago, Illinois.
- Chrobak, Q.M., & Groves, C.L. (2011, November). The good, the bad, and the neutral:The role of outcome type in the susceptibility to suggestion for post-event causal information. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, Washington.
- Chrobak, Q.M. & Zaragoza, M.S. (2010, November). Sentence Complexity Predicts False Assents to Previously Fabricated Entire Fictitious Events. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, Missouri.
- Chrobak, Q.M. & Zaragoza, M.S. (2009, November). Causal Connections and the Development of False Memories for Entire Fabricated Events: The Role of Alternative Explanations. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Chrobak, Q.M., Gartner, R.L., & Zaragoza, M.S. (2009, May). False Memories for Entire Fabricated Events: The Role of Causality. Paper presented to the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
- Zaragoza, M.S., Blanche, J., Chrobak, Q.M. Mitchell, K.J., & Palmeri, P. (2007, November). Memory Binding Deficits in College Students with Trauma Histories. Poster presented to the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.