Dr. Mitchell A. Meltzer
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Office: LS 307
Description of Research:
My research explores two domains of memory, or the ability to mentally encode, consolidate, and retrieve previous experiences. The first of these regards the holistic-unitization hypothesis (Meltzer & Bartlett, 2019), an explanation I recently proposed for how holistic processing influences long term recognition memory for faces. The second regards the influence of emotional arousal on long-term memory.
My teaching interests span all areas of psychology, with a particular emphasis on cognitive psychology, abnormal/clinical psychology, psychometric assessment, and research design and statistics.
Weatherford, D.R., Meltzer, M.A., Carlson, C.A., & Bartlett, J.C. (in press). Never forget a face: Verbalization facilitates recollection as evidenced by flexible responding to contrasting recognition memory tests. Memory & Cognition
Meltzer, M.A. & Bartlett, J.C. (2019). Holistic processing and unitization in face recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148(8), 1386-1406.
Meltzer, M.A. & Nielson, K.A. (2010). Memory for emotionally provocative words in alexithymia: A role for stimulus relevance. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(4), 1062-1068.
Nielson, K.A. & Meltzer, M.A. (2009). Modulation of long-term memory by arousal in alexithymia: The role of interpretation. Consciousness and Cognition, 18(3), 786-793.