Sean M. Lane, Professor

photo of laneOffice: 214 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-4098
More information about my research can be found on the Memory and Cognition Laboratory webpage or the OAC blog.

Research Interests

The general goal of my research program is to understand how memory and cognitive processes are deployed in complex real-world events. The source-monitoring framework motivates the vast majority of my research. Source memory concerns the origin of information and can be dissociated from memory for the information itself. For instance, someone can remember the "fact" that shark cartilage can be used to cure cancer, yet not remember whether they read that information in the National Enquirer or in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

One arena where the accuracy of source memory is particularly important is the justice system. Often witnesses to a crime are exposed to multiple sources of information (e.g., law enforcement personnel, other witnesses, the media) following a crime. One concern is whether witnesses are able to separate information they actually perceived at the time of the witnessed event from information acquired afterwards. My work concerns the factors that make it more or less likely that people will incorporate post-event information into their accounts of a witnessed event (eyewitness suggestibility).

My research is motivated by the belief that considering the complexity of real-world cognition can inform our understanding of basic mechanisms while providing needed applications. In addition to the areas noted above, I’ve also done research on:
  1. Eyewitness identification and beliefs about eyewitness memory 
  2. Emotion and memory
  3. Lying and memory
  4. Experience-based (implicit) learning 
  5. Education, Learning and Teacher Expertise
My research has been conducted in both academic and industrial settings.

Representative Publications

Atchley, P. & Lane, S. M. (2014).  Cognition in the attention economy.  In B. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, 61, 133–177.  New York: Academic Press.

Lane, S. M., & Karam-Zanders, T. (2014).  What do people know about memory? T. J. Perfect & D. S. Lindsay (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Applied Memory (pp. 348-365).  London, UK: Sage. (Table of contents:

Vieira, K. & Lane, S. M. (2013).  How you lie affects what you remember. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 173-178.  10.1016/j.jarmac.2013.05.005

Atchley, P., Hadlock, C., & Lane, S. M. (2012). Stuck in the 70s: The role of social norms in distracted driving. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48, 279-284.

Lane, S.M., & Vieira, K. M. (2012).  Steering a new course for deception detection research.  Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1, 136-138.

Advokat, C., Lane, S. M., & Luo, C.  (2011).  Stimulants don’t normalize academic achievement of college students with ADHD.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 15(8), 657 - 667.

Mathews, R. C., Tall, J., Lane, S. M., & Sun, R. (2011). Getting it right generally, but not precisely: Learning the relation between multiple inputs and outputs. Memory & Cognition, 39, 1133–1145.

Alonzo, J. & Lane, S. M. (2010). Saying versus judging: Assessing juror knowledge of eyewitness memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 24, 1245-1264.

Denver, J. Y., Lane, S. M., & Cherry, K. E. (2010). Recent vs. remote: Flashbulb memory for 9/11 and self-selected events from the reminiscence bump. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 70, 275-297.

Sun, R., Lane, S. M. & Mathews, R. C. (2009). The two systems of learning: An architectural perspective. In Jonathan Evans and Keith Frankish (eds.) Two Minds: Dual Processes and Beyond (pp.239-264). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lane, S. M., Roussel, C. C., Villa, D., Starns, J. J. & Alonzo, J. D. (2008). Information about diagnostic features at retrieval reduces false recognition. Memory, 16, 836-851.

Lane, S. M. & Meissner, C. A. (2008). Methodological fixation in eyewitness identification research: A “middle road” approach to bridging the basic-applied divide. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 779-787. (special issue “Basic and Applied Issues in Eyewitness Research: A Münsterberg Centennial Retrospective.”)

Lane, S. M., Mathews, R. C., Sallas, B., Prattini, B. & Sun, R. (2008). Facilitating interactions of model and experience-based processes: Implications for type and flexibility of representation. Memory & Cognition, 36, 157-169.

Lane, S. M., Roussel, C.C., Villa, D., & Morita, S. (2007). Features and feedback: Enhancing metamnemonic knowledge at retrieval reduces source monitoring errors. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 33, 1131-1142.

Sallas, B., Mathews, R. C., Lane, S. M., & Sun, R. (2007). Developing rich and quickly accessed knowledge of an artificial grammar. Memory & Cognition, 35, 2118–2133.

Lane, S. M., & Zaragoza, M. (2007). A little elaboration goes a long way: The role of generation in eyewitness suggestibility. Memory & Cognition,35, 1255-1266.

Sallas, B., Lane, S. M., Mathews, R. C., Watkins, T. E., & Wiley-Patton, S. (2007). Putting generalizable knowledge in the hands of healthcare IT managers: An iterative assessment approach. Information Systems Management (special issue on healthcare and IT), 24, 43-57.

Starns, J. J., Lane, S. M., Alonzo, J. D., & Roussel, C. C. (2007). Metamnemonic control over the discriminability of memory evidence: A signal-detection analysis of warning effects in the associative list paradigm. Journal of Memory & Language, 56, 592-607.

Sallas, B., Mathews, R. C., Lane, S. M., & Sun, R. (2006). Synergy between memory and model-based processing: Integration facilitated by animation. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 709-714.

Lane, S. M. (2006). Dividing attention during a witnessed event increases suggestibility. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 199-212.

Lane, S. M. & Schooler, J. S. (2004). Skimming the surface: The verbal overshadowing of analogical retrieval. Psychological Science, 15, 715-719.

Lane, S. M. (2002). Remembrance of things past: Factors affecting the reliability of eyewitness memory. Michigan Defense Quarterly, 18 (3), 15-20.

Lane, S. M., Mather, M., Villa, D., & Morita, S. (2001). How events are reviewed matters: Effects of varied focus on eyewitness suggestibility. Memory & Cognition, 29, 940-947.

Zaragoza, M. S., & Lane, S. M. (1998). Processing resources and eyewitness suggestibility. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 3, 305-320.

Lane, S. M., & Zaragoza, M. S. (1995). The recollective experience of cross-modality source confusions. Memory & Cognition, 23, 607-610.