Biography

I joined the School of Psychology at Keele as a Lecturer in October 2013. Prior to this I got my BSc, MSc, and PhD from the University of Leeds before moving to North America. From 2010 till 2012 I worked as a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA, and from 2012 till 2013 I completed a second Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  

Research and scholarship

My research interests are metacognitive awareness, recognition memory, the Remember-Know paradigm, and cognitive aging and associated issues. My research mostly deals with higher order cognitive processes, specifically the judgments people can make when learning information or retrieving material from memory. The majority of my research to date has focused on how people make and understand judgments of subjective experience using an extension of Tulving’s (1985) Remember-Know paradigm that includes separate categories of Familiar and Guess. The central themes in my PhD research were: How should the subjective experiences of Knowing and Familiarity be defined and understood? What is the relationship between confidence and subjective experience? And how do objective manipulations influence subjective experience?

In April 2016 I was awarded an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) award of £213,355 from the Future Research Leaders scheme for a 3-year research project titled "Measuring Recollection and Familiarity in Ageing and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)". ESRC - Economic and social Research Council Logo 75x75- Helen Williams

This is a prestigious scheme through which the ESRC funds the research of a small number of early career researchers who have the potential to be research leaders in their field. This is the first such award to be secured by Keele University. I am mentored on this project by School of Psychology colleague Prof Nicola Edelstyn and am collaborating with Prof Glen Bodner at the University of Calgary. The planned research will compare novel methodologies for measuring memory impairments in ageing and MCI in order to assess which is the most reliable and valid for use in pre-clinical dementia screening. 

I have also done research into the associative deficit in aging; person perception: aging and Alzheimer’s disease; metacognitive awareness: judgments-of-learning (JOLs); and autobiographical memory.  More information about my research can be found here: http://helenlouisewilliams28.wordpress.com/

Teaching

Year 1

  • 10034 – Biological and Cognitive Psychology 1
  • 10020 – Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural: The psychology of unusual phenomena

Year 2

  • 20044 – Statistics for Psychology

Year 3

  • 30061 – Final Year Project
  • 30067 – Individual Differences and Conceptual Issues
  • 30114 – Everyday Memory and Amnesia

MSc 

  • 40047 - Research Preparation
  • 40038 - Research Apprenticeship

 

Book Chapters:

  • Moulin, C.J.A., Perfect, T.J., Akhtar, S., Williams, H.L., & Souchay, C. (2011). Judgements of learning and study time allocation: An illustration from neuropsychology. In J. Leboe & P.A. Higham (eds.) Constructions of Remembering and Metacognition (pp. 167-181). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Williams, H.L. & Conway, M.A. (2009). Networks of autobiographical memories. In P. Boyer & J. Wertsch (eds.), Memory in Mind and Culture (pp. 33-61). New York: Cambridge Psychology Press.
  • Williams, H.L., Conway, M.A., & Cohen, G. (2008). Autobiographical Memory. In G. Cohen & M.A. Conway (eds.), Memory in the Real World (3rd Edition; pp. 21-90). London: Psychology Press.
  • Conway, M.A. & Williams, H.L. (2008). Autobiographical memory. In John H. Byrne et al., Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference (pp. 893-909). Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.
  • Williams, H.L., Conway, M.A., & Baddeley, A.D. (2008). The boundaries of episodic memories. In T.F. Shipley, & J.M. Zacks (Eds.), Understanding events: From perception to action (pp. 589-616). New York: Oxford University Press.

Recent Conferences:

  • Williams, H.L. & Eardley, G. (2019). Emotional expression and angle of presentation differentially influence predictions and performance for face recognition. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 24, November [Poster Abstract].
  • Adams, J., Bodner, G.E., & Williams, H.L. (2019). Effects of recollect/familiar task options on the picture superiority effect. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 24, November [Poster Abstract].
  • Williams, H.L. & Adams, J. (2019). Comparing three methods of assessing subjective recollection and familiarity states in aging. 5th International Conference on Aging and Cognition, Zurich, April. 
  • Williams, H.L. Adams, J., & Bodner, G.E. (2018). Revisiting how levels of processing influence recollection and familiarity: Comparing judgment and rating measures. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 23, November [Poster Abstract].
  • Williams, H.L. Adams, J., & Bodner, G.E. (2017). Comparing three methods of assessing subjective recollection and familiarity states. British Psychological Society Cognitive Section Conference, Newcastle University, September.
  • Williams, H.L. & Lindsay, D.S. (2016). Know versus Familiar in the Remember-Know paradigm. International Conference on Memory (ICOM-6), Budapest, July.
  • Williams, H.L. & Lindsay, D.S. (2016). Recognition sensitivity, confidence, and bias in continuous versus study-test recognition procedures. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 21, November [Poster Abstract]. 
  • Williams, H.L. & Adams, J. (2015). Metacognitive monitoring abilities in obsessive-compulsive checking. Greater Yorkshire Memory Meeting, York, December.
  • Williams, H.L. & Adams, J. (2015). Metacognitive monitoring and prospective memory abilities in obsessive-compulsive checking. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 20, November [Poster Abstract].
  • Radu, A., Williams, H.L., & Ullah, S. (2015). Quantifying students’ confidence in learning concepts in chemistry and their perception of being independent learners. Chemistry Education Research & Practice: Gordon Research Conference, Bates College, Maine, US, June. 
  • Williams, H.L. & Lindsay, D.S. (2014). Metacognitive processes at retrieval: Does assessing recollection influence confidence? (or vice versa). Metacognition 2014, Clermont-Ferrand, France, September.
  • Williams, H.L. & Lindsay, D.S. (2013). Know versus familiar in recognition memory. Proceedings of the Psychonomic Society, Vol. 18, November [Poster Abstract].

 

Selected Publications

  • Zakrzewski AC, Wisniewski MG, Williams HL, Berry JM. 2019. Artificial neural networks reveal individual differences in metacognitive monitoring of memory. PLoS One, vol. 14(7), e0220526. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Williams HL and Lindsay DS. 2019. Different definitions of the nonrecollection-based response option(s) change how people use the "remember" response in the remember/know paradigm. Mem Cognit, vol. 47(7), 1359-1374. link> doi> full text>
  • Williams HL and Bodner GE. 2019. Independent recollection-familiarity ratings: Similar effects of levels-of-processing whether amount or confidence is rated. Can J Exp Psychol, vol. 73(2), 94-99. link> doi> full text>
  • Kent A, Berry DM, Budds K, Skipper Y, Williams HL. 2017. Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics. HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 36(6), 1194-1207. link> doi> full text>
  • Berry JM, Williams HL, Thomas KD, Blair J. 2015. Perceptions of competence: Age moderates views of healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Experimental Aging Research, vol. 41(2), 157-176. full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Zakrzewski AC, Wisniewski MG, Williams HL, Berry JM. 2019. Artificial neural networks reveal individual differences in metacognitive monitoring of memory. PLoS One, vol. 14(7), e0220526. link> doi> link> full text>
  • Williams HL and Lindsay DS. 2019. Different definitions of the nonrecollection-based response option(s) change how people use the "remember" response in the remember/know paradigm. Mem Cognit, vol. 47(7), 1359-1374. link> doi> full text>
  • Williams HL and Bodner GE. 2019. Independent recollection-familiarity ratings: Similar effects of levels-of-processing whether amount or confidence is rated. Can J Exp Psychol, vol. 73(2), 94-99. link> doi> full text>
  • Kent A, Berry DM, Budds K, Skipper Y, Williams HL. 2017. Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics. HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT, vol. 36(6), 1194-1207. link> doi> full text>
  • Berry JM, Williams HL, Thomas KD, Blair J. 2015. Perceptions of competence: Age moderates views of healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Experimental Aging Research, vol. 41(2), 157-176. full text>
  • Williams HL and Moulin CJA. 2015. Know versus Familiar: Differentiating states of awareness in others' subjective reports of recognition. Memory, vol. 23(7), 981-990. link> doi> full text>
  • Williams HL, Conway MA, Moulin CJA. 2013. Remembering and Knowing: Using another’s subjective report to make inferences about memory strength and subjective experience. Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 22(2), 572-588. doi>
  • Berry JM, Williams HL, Usubalieva A, Kilb A. Metacognitive awareness of the associative deficit for words and names. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. doi>