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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Katya Numbers

Katya Numbers

PhD Student

Contact Details

Office : 3.825
Phone : +61 2 9850 2953
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : katya.numbers@students.mq.edu.au

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

In 2011 I graduated with my Masters in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Montana State University under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Meade. My master’s thesis examined how much erroneous information one was willing to adopt from another person into their memory of an event, contingent on the perceived “credibility” of the other person. My current PhD research is an extension of this topic.

Thesis Details

Do ageing stereotypes moderate false memories in younger and older adults?

One common way that social sources are discounted centres on stereotypes of aging and perceptions of older adults' memorial abilities. Numerous examples exist in the literature of a general tendency to discount information believed to have come from an older adult, even if that information is mostly correct. Further, studies suggest that older adults often doubt their own memory abilities, which causes them to rely heavily on others' interpretations of a shared event. This becomes especially problematic when the other person with whom an older adult is recollecting an event is intentionally, or unintentionally, misleading. My research aims to clarify when and how stereotypes of aging influence memory performance in both older adults and younger adults. My thesis will consider how the adoption of false items from a partner is moderated by: (1) actual partner accuracy; (2) perceived partner age; (3) the interaction between partner accuracy and age; (4) metamemorial beliefs regarding others’, as well as of one’s own, memory abilities.

  • Scholarship : iMQRES
  • Workload : full time
  • Supervisors : Professor Amanda Barnier, Professor John Sutton, Dr Celia Harris and Associate Professor Michelle Meade

Grants Awarded

  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF) (2015) Numbers, K.T. ($5,000)
  • ARC CCD Student Exchange Scheme (2015) Numbers, K.T. ($9,823)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Periodicals

  • Numbers, K.T., Meade, M.L., & Perga, V.A. (2014). The influences of partner accuracy and partner memory ability on social false memories. Memory & Cognition, 42(8), 1225-1238. doi:10.3758/s13421-014-0443-9

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Numbers, K. (2017, January). Factors that influence monitoring of misinformation. Symposium conducted at the 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference (SARMAC XII), The University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Numbers, K., & Barnier, A.J. (2017, January). Positive and negative age stereotypes interact with partner accuracy to influence false memories. Paper presented at the Factors that Influence Monitoring of Misinformation Symposium, 12th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference (SARMAC XII), The University of Sydney, Australia .
  • Numbers, K. (2016, December). Chair of "New ways of growing older: Rethinking healthy ageing". Colloquium at the Macquarie Minds Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Meade, M., & Roediger III, H.L. (2016, August). What's age got to do with it? Manipulating confederate age and accuracy in the social contagion paradigm. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Harris, C., Morris, T., & Savage, G. (2016, July). “Subjective memory complainer seeks conscientious, elaborative scaffolder”: Developing a profile of successful collaboration in older couples. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory (ICOM6), Budapest, Hungary.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., Meade, M., & Roediger III, H.L. (2016, July). What’s age got to do with it? Age, accuracy, metamemory and the social contagion of false memories. Poster session presented at the 6th International Conference on Memory (ICOM6), Budapest, Hungary.
  • 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. (2015, October). Aging stereotypes, accuracy and credibility in social memory. Invited colloquium at the Roediger Memory Lab Meeting, Washington University in St Louis, 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.
  • Numbers, K. (2015, June). Memory Construction. Presentation given at the Memory Workshop for Oxley College Students, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • 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.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., & Meade, M. (2015, January). Did I see that? Metamemory, memory self-efficacy and false memories in older adults. Invited colloquium at the Brown Bag Luncheon Series, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA.
  • Meade, M., Numbers, K., & McNabb, J. (2014, November). The influence of confederate age on the social contagion of memory in virtual and applied contexts. Poster session presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, USA.
  • Webster, V., Barnier, A.J., Van Bergen, P., Meade, M., & Numbers, K. (2014, November). With a little help from my 'fast friends': How intimacy and cognitive load affect collaborative recall. Poster session presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, USA.
  • Numbers, K., Barnier, A., & Harris, C. (2014, October). Does metamemory moderate false memory in older adults? Paper presented at the Memory in the Treetops Retreat, Avoca Beach.
  • Webster, V., Barnier, A.J., Van Bergen, P., Meade, M., & Numbers, K. (2014, August). With a little help from my 'fast friends': How intimacy and cognitive load affect collaborative recall. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Numbers, K. (2013, December). Did I see that? Can I trust you? Credibility as a potential moderator in the transmission of false memories. Paper presented at the Memory Day Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Numbers, K.T., Meade, M., Barnier, A.J., & Perga, V.A. (2013, August). The social contagion of memory: Manipulating partner accuracy and partner memory ability. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual KiwiCAM Conference on Cognition and Memory, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • Numbers, K.T., Meade, M., & McNabb, J.L. (2012, November). The social contagion of memory: Manipulating item and person credibility. Poster session presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Meade, M., Numbers, K., Davis, S., Ladd, C., & Perga, V. (2011, June). Confederate characteristics influence the social contagion of memory. Poster session presented at the 5th Annual International Conference on Memory (ICOM), York, UK.
  • Numbers, K., & Meade, M. (2011, March). The social contagion of memory: Manipulating item and person credibility. Poster session presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Poster Presentation Series, Salt Lake City, USA.
  • Davis, S.D., Numbers, K.T., & Meade, M. (2010, November). The social contagion of memory in young and old adults. Poster session presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, St. Louis, USA.

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