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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Celia Harris

BSc UNSW, PhD Macq.

Celia Harris

Macquarie University Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office : 3.739
Phone : +61 2 9850 4066
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : celia.harris@mq.edu.au
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5261-4205

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

I also have a profile at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Profile

I completed my PhD at MACCS in 2010. I was co-supervised by Amanda Barnier and John Sutton, and studied ways of extending laboratory paradigms to study social aspects of memory in ecologically valid ways. In 2011, I took up a position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center of Autobiographical Memory Research at Aarhus University, Denmark. There I worked with Dorthe Berntsen on projects relating to the functions that autobiographical memory serves for individuals and groups, and on the way that cue qualities influence autobiographical memory retrieval. In 2012, I returned to Macquarie as a Macquarie University Research Fellow (MQRF). In my MQRF project, I combine my previous research on social memory, memory functions, and memory cuing, to study how remembering is shared in older couples, the functions that conversations about the past play in supporting relationships, and the way that couples might provide a rich cuing context for each others' memories and help to protect against cognitive decline.

Awards

  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended for Early Career Researcher of the Year – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities (2014), Harris, C.
  • Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) (2014), Harris, C.
  • Vice Chancellors Commendation (2010), Harris, C.B.
  • Macquarie University Division of Linguistics and Psychology Higher Degree Research Excellence Award. (2008), Harris, C.B.

Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Research Development Grant (2016 - 2017) "More than the sum of their parts: How do individual skills and attributes influence group remembering?" Harris, C., van Bergen, P., Barnier, A., & Sutton, J. ($49,220)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016) "Lost for words: Exploring how language disruption impacts social interactions in dementia." Irish, M., Barnier, A., Harris, C., Thornton, R., Crain, S., & Piguet, O. ($39,656)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "Our song: Music evoked collaborative memory in couples with and without acquired brain injury." Baird, A., Thompson, W., Bullot, N., Miller, L., Barnier, A., Sutton, J., & Harris, C. ($31,000)
  • ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) [DE150100396] (2015 - 2017) "What are the active ingredients of successful shared remembering?" Harris, C. ($342,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Equipment Grant Scheme (2013) "Portable, six line, high definition audio recording equipment for research involving interviews off and on campus." Barnier, A., Harris, C., Van Bergen, P., McIlwain, D., Sutton, J., & Congleton, A. ($6,360)
  • ARC Discovery Project Grant [DP130101090] (2013 - 2015) "Is it better to remember with others or to remember alone, especially as we age?" Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., Savage, G.R., Rajaram, S., & Balota, D. ($297,759)
  • ARC CCD Belief Formation Program Small Equipment Grant (2012) "Computerisation of experimental flowsheets and scoresheets." Barnier, A., Cox, R., Polito, V., Janczuk, A., Sutton, J., Harris, C., Congleton, A., Richardson, C., Ockenden, M., & Saunders, S. ($5,377)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2012) "Belief in Memory." Barnier, A., Savage, G., Addis, D., Cox, R., Sutton, J., Bullot, N., Harris, C., Irish, M., Connaughton, E., Cordonnier, A., Selwood, A., Temler, M., Williamson, K., & Keil, P. ($40,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2012 - 2015) "Shared remembering and memory compensation in older couples." Harris, C. ($259,917)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Perspectives Series (2012) "Scaffolding memory across the lifespan." Harris, C. ($8,000)
  • Macquarie University Faculty of Human Sciences Visiting Fellowship (2012) "Visit of Dr Akira O'Connor, St Andrews University, UK." Harris, C., & O’Connor, A.R. ($6,000)
  • Alzheimer's Australia Dementia Research Foundation Victoria Grant (2012) "What kinds of support systems help people to remember in daily life, especially as their memories start to fail?" Harris, C., Barnier, A., Savage, G., & Sutton, J. ($49,495)
  • Academy of Social Sciences International Science Linkages (ISL) scheme (2010) "Social Remembering and Distributed Cognition in Older Couples." Sutton, J., Barnier, A., Harris, C. & Dixon, R. ($7,500)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Harris, C. B., Sutton, J., & Barnier, A. J. (2010). Autobiographical forgetting, social forgetting, situated forgetting: Forgetting in context. In S. Della Sala (Ed.), Forgetting (pp. 253-284). London, UK: Psychology Press & Routledge.
  • Sutton, J., Harris, C.B., & Barnier, A.J. (2010). Memory and cognition. In S. Radstone & B. Schwarz (Eds.), Memory: Theories, histories, debates (pp. 209-226). New York: Fordham University Press.

Periodicals

  • Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., & Sutton, J. (In Press). The hows and whys of “we” (and “I”) in groups [Commentary on Baumeister, Ainsworth, & Vohs' "Are groups more or less than the sum of their members? The moderating role of individual identification"]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Barber, S.J., Harris, C.B., & Rajaram, S. (2015). Why two heads apart are better than two heads together: Multiple mechanisms underlie the collaborative inhibition effect in memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 41(2), 559-566. doi:10.1037/xlm0000037
  • Harris, C.B., O'Connor, A.R., & Sutton, J. (2015). Cue generation and memory construction in direct and generative autobiographical memory retrieval. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 204-216. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.012
  • Barnier, A.J., Priddis, A.C., Broekhuijse, J., Harris, C.B., Keil, P.K., Cox, R., Congleton, A.R., & Addis, D.R. (2014). Reaping what they sow: The benefits of remembering together in intimate couples. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3(4), 261-265. doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2014.06.003
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P.G. (2014). Couples as socially distributed cognitive systems: Remembering in everyday social and material contexts. Memory Studies, 7(3), 285-297. doi: 10.1177/1750698014530619
  • Harris, C.B., Rasmussen, A.S., & Berntsen, D. (2014). The functions of autobiographical memory: An integrative approach. Memory, 22, 559-581. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.806555
  • Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., & Congleton, A.R. (2013). Mind the gap: Generations of questions in the early science of collaborative recall (Invited commentary on “The applied value of collaborative memory research in ageing: Behavioral and neural considerations”). Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 124-127.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., & Sutton, J. (2013). Shared encoding and the costs and benefits of collaborative recall. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 39(1), 183-195. doi:10.1037/a0028906
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., & Sutton, J. (2012). Consensus collaboration enhances group and individual recall accuracy. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 179-194. doi:10.1080/17470218.2011.608590
  • Harris, C.B., Keil, P.G., Sutton, J., Barnier, A., & McIlwain, D. (2011). We remember, we forget: Collaborative remembering in older couples. Discourse Processes, 48, 267-303. doi:10.1080/0163853X.2010.541854
  • Harris, C. B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P. (2010). How did you feel when 'The Crocodile Hunter' died? Voicing and silencing in conversation influences memory for an autobiographical event. Memory, 18(2), 185-197. doi:10.1080/09658210903153915
  • Harris, C. B., Sharman, S. J., Barnier, A. J., & Moulds, M. (2010). Mood and retrieval-induced forgetting of positive and negative autobiographical memories [Special Issue]. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24, 399-413. doi:10.1002/acp.1685
  • Sutton, J., Harris, C., Keil, P., & Barnier, A. (2010). The psychology of memory, extended cognition, and socially distributed remembering. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 9(4), 521-560. doi:10.1007/s11097-010-9182-y
  • Cox, R. E. & Harris, C. B. (2009). Memory Day: A conference held at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 27 - 28 November 2008. Memory Studies, 2, 277-280.
  • Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., Harris, C.B., & Wilson, R.A. (2008). A conceptual and empirical framework for the social distribution of cognition: The case of memory [Special Issue]. Cognitive Systems Research 'Perspectives on Social Cognition', 9(1), 33-51.
  • Harris, C.B., Paterson, H.M., & Kemp, R.I. (2008). Collaborative recall and collective memory: What happens when we remember together? [Special Issue]. Memory 'Collective Memory: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches', 16, 213-230.
  • Barnier, A., Conway, M.A., Mayoh, L., Speyer, J., Avizmil, O. & Harris, C.B. (2007). Directed forgetting of recently recalled autobiographical memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 136, 301-322.
  • Barnier, A., Bryant, R.A., Campbell, L., Cox, R., Harris, C., Hung, L., Maccallum, F., & Sharman, S.J. (2005). Memory on the beach: An Australian memory (and hypnosis) laboratory. Cognitive Processing, 6(4), 272-281.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Harris, C., Keil, P., Sutton, J., Barnier, A. (2010). Collaborative Remembering: When Can Remembering With Others Be Beneficial? In Christensen, W., Schier, E., & Sutton, J. (Eds.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 131-134). Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Harris, C. (2015, December). Conversational remembering as skilled action. Paper presented at the Memory Day 2015: Memory and Skill Across Time, Otago, NZ.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Harris, C., & Meade, M. (2015, December). Age and the social contagion of false memory. Paper presented at the Memory Day 2015: Memory and Skill Across Time, Otago, NZ.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Harris, C., & Meade, M. (2015, November). Age and the social contagion of false memory. Poster session presented at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Chicago, USA.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., & Harris, C. (2015, October). Memory complaints, memory performance and personality variables in older adults. Invited colloquium at the Balota/Duchek Cognition and Aging Lab Meeting, Washington University in St Louis, USA.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Harris, C., & Meade, M. (2015, October). Thanks for the (false) memories! Age, accuracy and the social contagion of false memory. Invited colloquium at the Aging and Dementia Brown Bag, Washington University in St Louis, USA.
  • Harris, C.B., Browning, C., Cordonnier, A., Harris, S., Morris, T., Numbers, K., Selwood, A., & Webster, V. (2015, August). Collaborative memory: Interactive research station. Invited presentation given at the Sydney Science Fest Launch, Sydney.
  • Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., Morris, T., & Sutton, J. (2015, June). “Scaling up” in collaborative recall: From individual, to group, to collective. Paper presented at the A. Vredeveldt symposium, “Collaborative remembering in applied settings: New findings, implications, challenges and solutions” at the 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Browning, C.A., Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., & Rendell, P.G. (2015, June). Collaborative inhibition in prospective memory. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Morris, T., Savage, G. & Balota, D. (2015, June). Older couples as remembering systems: Collaborative facilitation across personal and non-personal, episodic and semantic tasks. Paper presented at the B. Hirst & S. Rajaram symposium, “Social memory, collaborative remembering, and its consequences”, 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., & Harris, C. (2015, June). Would Harold trust Maude? Do aging stereotypes moderate false memories in older and younger adults? Invited colloquium at the Memory and Attention Lab, Western Washington University, USA.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A.J., Harris, C., Morris, T., & Savage, G. (2015, June). The relationship between memory complaints, metamemory, memory performance and personality variables in healthy older adults. Poster session presented at the 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Webster, V., Barnier, A.J., Van Bergen, P., Meade, M.L. & Harris, C.B. (2015, June). Let’s talk about it: The effect of explicit retrieval strategy agreement on collaborative recall performance. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC XI), Victoria, Canada.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., & Harris, C. (2014, November). Does metamemory moderate false memory in older adults? Paper presented at the Memory In The Treetops Retreat, Avoca Beach.
  • Sutton, J., Barnier, A.J., & Harris, C.B. (2014, October). Dimensions of group cognition. Invited paper presented at the Thinking About Groups Conference, Center for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Harris, C.B. (2014, September). Memory and technology: Challenges and considerations. Invited paper presented at the Signs of Life: Brain and Amnesia Week, Sydney.
  • Barnier, A. J., Harris, C., Morris, T., Savage, G., Balota, D., & Duchek, J. (2014, August). Couples as socially distributed memory systems: Intimacy, need and strategy. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, Washington University, St Louis, USA.
  • Barnier, A. J., Webster, V., Harris, C. B., & Morris, T. (2014, August). Couples as socially distributed memory systems: Intimacy, need and strategy. Invited colloquium at the Eugene Lang College, The New School, New York, USA.
  • Harris, C. (2013, December). What are the active ingredients of successful shared remembering? Paper presented at the Memory Day Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Harris, C. (2013, October). Self-cuing and cross-cuing processes in memory. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Memory Program Inaugural Symposium, Sydney.
  • Barnier, A.J., Broekhuijse, J., Priddis, A.C., Harris, C.B., & Addis, D.R. (2013, June). Sowing what they will reap: Benefits of collaboration and intimacy for young and older adults’ recall of autobiographical memories. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC X), Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Selwood, A., Barnier, A., Harris, C., & Sutton, J. (2013, June). Collaborative recall in strangers, friends and siblings: Effects of relationship and task. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Meeting for the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC X), Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Selwood, A., Barnier, A., Harris, C., & Sutton, J. (2013, June). Linking identity and memory: Shared and unshared. A case study of female twins. Poster session presented at the Social Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory: "Memory and Imagination", Center on Autobiographical Memory Research (CON AMORE), Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Harris, C.B. (2012, September). Scaffolded memory in older couples. Invited paper presented at the New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P.G. (2012, June). Distributed cognitive systems: Cognitive interdependence and shared remembering in older couples. Invited colloquium at the Remembering in Context: Social, Cognitive, Linguistic and Material Aspects of Memory Workshop, Bielefeld University, Germany.
  • Harris, C.B., Rasmussen, A.S., & Berntsen, D. (2012, June). Adaptive and maladaptive functions of autobiographical memory. Poster session presented at the Clinical Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory Conference, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Harris, C.B. (2012, May). Collective remembering in the interdependent dyad: The role of “we-ness” in shaping memory for shared personal events. Paper presented at the 2012 Matchpoints Seminar on Conflict in Memory: Interpersonal and Intergenerational Remembering of War, Conflict and Transition, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • Barnier, A.J., Keil, P.G., Harris, C., Sutton, J., & Dixon, R. (2011, August). Individual versus collaborative recall of simple words, our friends and our lives: Evidence for transactive memory in older married couples? In W. Hirst, S. Rajaram, & A.J. Barnier (Chair), Social Aspects of Memory: Collaborative Remembering and Collective Memory Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Memory, York, UK.
  • Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., Harris, C.B., Keil, P. (2011, August). Evidence for socially distributed memory in the collaborative recall of older married couples? In J. Sutton (Chair), Memory, Extended Mind, and Distributed Cognition Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Memory, York, UK.
  • Selwood, A., Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., Hung, L., Sie, A.A., Pegg, K., & Conway, M.A. (2011, August). Trying to extend the think/no-think (TNT) paradigm to autobiographical memories. Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Memory, York, UK.
  • Barnier, A.J., Harris, C.B., Keil, P.G., & Sutton, J., & Dixon, R. (2011, June). Individual versus collaborative recall of (nonpersonal) words and (personal) names and places in older married couples: Evidence for the social scaffolding of memory? In A.J. Barnier, S. Rajaram, & J. Sutton (Chair), Scaffolding Memory: When People and Objects Help Remembering Paper presented at the 9th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., McIlwain, D., & Keil, P.G. (2011, June). Being us: Shared remembering in older couples. In A. Brown & J. Buckner (Chair), Construing the Self Across and Between the Lifespan Paper presented at the 9th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, New York.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., & Bernsten, D. (2011, January). Collaborative remembering of autobiographical events. In W. Hirst, S. Rajaram, & A.J. Barnier (Chair), Social Aspects of Memory: Collaborative Remembering and Collective Memory Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Memory, York, UK.
  • Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., Harris, C., Keil, P., & McIlwain, D. (2010, October). When and how does remembering with others help memory? Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Memory Day, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Sydney, Australia.
  • Sutton, J., Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Keil, P., & McIlwain, D.J.F. (2010, July). The Extended Mind and the Nature of Memory. Paper presented at the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Annual Conference, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Barber, S. J., Rajaram, S., & Harris, C. B. (2009, November). Collaboration impairs recall of unshared study information. Poster session presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Harris, C. B., Barnier, A. J., & Sutton, J. (2009, September). Collaborative remembering: When can remembering with others be beneficial? Presentation given at the 9th Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Conference, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Harris, C. B., Sharman, S. J., & Barnier, A. J (2009, July). Mood and retrieval-induced forgetting of emotional, autobiographical memories. In P. Hertel (Chair), 'Recent Developments in Clinical Cognition'. Invited paper presented at the Plenary symposium at the 8th Biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Hotel Heian Kaikan, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Keil, P.G. (2009, July). Collaborative remembering. In Hirst, W. (Chair), Social Aspects of Individual and Collective Memory Invited paper presented at the 8th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Harris, C. B., Barnier, A. J., & Sutton, J. (2009, May). Is collaborative inhibition inevitable? In A. Memon (Chair), 'Interpersonal Dimensions of Remembering: Memory Performance and Biases in a Social Context,' Invited paper presented at the Symposium at the 21st Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Harris, C.B., Barnier, A.J., & Sutton, J. (2008, November). Turn-taking vs. consensus in collaborative recall. Poster session presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Harris, C.B., Keil, P., Barnier, A.J., & Sutton, J. (2008, November). Collaborative remembering in older couples. Paper presented at the Macquarie University Memory Day, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Harris, C.B. (2008, October). Social aspects of memory: Laboratory and 'real world' studies. Invited presentation given at the Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, USA.
  • Harris, C.B. (2008, October). Social aspects of memory: Laboratory and 'real world' studies. Invited presentation given at the New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA.
  • Harris, C.B. (2008, October). Social aspects of memory: Laboratory and 'real world' studies. Invited presentation given at the Department of Psychology, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA.
  • Harris, C.B., Keil, P., Barnier, A.J., & Sutton, J. (2008, July). Collaborative remembering in older couples. Paper presented at the 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Sharman, S.J., & Harris, C.B. (2008, March). The effects of depression on retrieval-induced forgetting of negative and positive autobiographical memories. Paper presented at the 35th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Tradewinds Hotel, Fremantle, Australia.
  • Barnier, A.J., Khan, T., Harris, C.B., & Sutton, J. (2007, November). Social contagion of autobiographical memories. In A.J. Barnier (Chair), Toward a cognitive psychology of collective memory. Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Long Beach, USA.
  • Harris, C.B., & Barnier, A.J. (2007, July). Where were you when Steve Irwin died? Collaborative remembering of shared national events. In A.J. Barnier & J. Sutton (Chair), From autobiographical memory to collective memory. Paper presented at the 8th Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Conference, Adelaide.
  • Harris, C.B., Hourmozi, M., Barnier, A., & Conway, M.A. (2006, July). What not to tell on a first date: The role of motivation in retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF). Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Memory, Sydney.
  • Harris, C.B., Hourmozi, M., & Barnier, A. (2006, April). What not to tell on a first date: The role of motivation in retrieval-induced forgetting (RIF). Paper presented at the 33rd Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Brisbane.

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