I completed my Ph.D. in Cognitive/Experimental Psychology at Stony Brook University in 2010. Since then, I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. Here, I have received multidisciplinary training in how aging affects cognition, physiological change, and mental health. In my own research I examine human memory, with a specific interest in understanding how social factors influence memory processes across the lifespan. In my graduate research I examined how collaboration affects encoding and retrieval, the underlying mechanisms of the collaborative inhibition effect, and the social influences on source monitoring. My current post-doctoral research examines socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting and stereotype threat effects in older adults. My research has been funded by the American Psychological Association and the National Institute on Aging.
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (in press). Stereotype threat in older adults: When and why does it occur, and who is most affected? To appear in P. Verhaeghen & C. Hertzog (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem Solving During Adulthood. PDF
Fazio, L. K., Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., Ornstein, P. A., & Marsh, E. J. (2013). Creating illusions of knowledge: Learning errors that contradict prior knowledge. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 1-5. PDF
Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., & Paneerselvam, B. (2012). The collaborative encoding deficit is attenuated with specific warnings. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24, 929-941. PDF
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (2012). Forgetting in context: The effects of age, emotion, and social factors on retrieval-induced forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 40 874-888. PDF
Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., & Fox, E. B. (2012). Learning and remembering with others: The key role of retrieval in shaping group recall and collective memory. Social Cognition, 30, 121-132. PDF
Barber, S. J., & Rajaram, S.(2011). Exploring the relationship between retrieval disruption from collaboration and recall. Memory, 19, 462-469. PDF
Barber, S. J., & Rajaram, S.(2011). Collaborative memory and part-set cueing impairments: The role of executive depletion in modulating retrieval disruption. Memory, 19, 378-397. PDF
Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., & Aron, A. (2010). When two is too many: Collaborative encoding impairs memory. Memory & Cognition, 38, 255-264. PDF
Barber, S. J., Franklin, N., Naka, M., & Yoshimura, H. (2010). Higher social intelligence can impair source memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 545- 551. PDF
Barber, S. J., Gordon, R., & Franklin, N. (2009). Self-relevance and wishful thinking: Facilitation and distortion in source monitoring. Memory & Cognition, 37, 434-446. PDF
Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., & Marsh, E. J. (2008). Fact learning: How information accuracy, delay, and repeated testing change retention and retrieval experience. Memory, 16, 934-946. PDF
Rajaram, S., & Barber, S. J. (2008). Retrieval processes in memory. In H. L., Roediger, III (Ed.), Cognitive psychology of memory. Vol. 2 of Learning and memory: A comprehensive reference, 4 vols. (pp. 261-283). Oxford, UK: Elsevier. PDF
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (2013). How retellings shape memory in younger and older adults. Manuscript under review.
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (2013). Stereotype threat can both improve, and impair, older adultsí memory. Manuscript under review.
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (2013). Stereotype threat and memory in older adults: The key role of regulatory focus. Manuscript under review .
Rajaram, S., Barber, S. J., & Verfaellie, M. (2013). Study-phase retrieval is critical for repetition benefits in recognition memory: Evidence from the lag effect. Manuscript under revision.
Rajaram, S., Barber, S. J., & Harris, C. (2013). Collaborative inhibition of unshared memories: Evidence for multiple mechanisms. Manuscript in preparation.
Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (2013). Reliance on external aids predicts socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting and memory contagion in older adults. Manuscript in preparation.