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  Leveraging and Enhancing Conversational Memory

   School of Psychology

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  Dr D Ray, Dr K Schnitzspahn  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Recent advances in the study of interpersonal memory (i.e., memory for conversations and past interactions with other people) have demonstrated how important it is to show others that you recall your time with them (Ray et. al, 2019). Yet the study of interpersonal memory has just begun and the current theoretical model of interpersonal memory leaves myriad important questions unanswered. For example, which types of social interactions are most important to remember and which can be safely forgotten? At what point does displaying memory for another person become unwelcome or creepy? And, how can memory for conversation be enhanced? This project will use a mix of carefully controlled experimental work, ecologically valid correlational designs, and qualitative enquiry in order to extend theoretical models of memory and memory display in answer these questions.

Psychology (31)

Funding Notes

This PhD project has no funding attached and is therefore available to students (UK/International) who are able to seek their own funding or sponsorship. Supervisors will not be able to respond to requests to source funding.
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
Essential First Class or Upper-second class undergraduate degree (or an equivalent degree)
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:


Ray, D. G., Gomillion, S., Pintea, A. I., & Hamlin, I. (2019). On being forgotten: Memory and forgetting serve as signals of interpersonal importance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(2), 259
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