Dr Christopher Berry

Dr Christopher Berry

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


I am a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. My main research interests are in human memory and understanding the relation between explicit (conscious) and implicit (unconscious) forms of memory. I use behavioural experimentation and computational modelling approaches to test different theories.

Lecturer, University of Plymouth
Teaching Fellow, University College London
ESRC Research Fellow, University College London
PhD Psychology, University College London
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University College London

Professional membership

Member of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Member of the Psychonomic Society

Other roles:
MSc Psychological Research Methods Programme Lead. 

Teaching interests

Main areas: memory, research methods, and statistics.

I lecture on the following modules:

Learning (PSYC411)
Conducting Psychological Research (PSYC201)
Biological and Cognitive Psychology (PSYC203) (Module Leader)
Current topics in Psychology B (PSYC404)
Cognitive Psychology (PSYC504)
Methods and Practice of Research in Psychology (PSYC506)
Statistical Methods for Experimental and Clinical Research (PSY556)

I am also an undergraduate tutorial leader and supervise BSc and MSc dissertation projects. 

Office hours, 2019 (Semester 2)
Tuesdays 11-12pm
Fridays 12-1pm

Award nominations
2018     Nominated twice for the award of Outstanding Personal Tutor, SSTAR Awards, University of Plymouth.
2018     Nominated for the award of Most Dedicated Dissertation Supervisor SSTAR Awards, University of Plymouth.
2016     Nominated for the award of Inspirational Teaching, SSTAR Awards, University of Plymouth.
2016     Nominated for the award of Outstanding Personal Tutor, SSTAR Awards, University of Plymouth.
2014     Nominated for the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice Award of Excellence, University of Plymouth.

Research interests

Implicit memory; attention and memory; signal detection models of memory; the relation between repetition priming, recognition memory, and source memory; deception; computational modelling.

Lab members
Dr Nick Lange, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Mr Rory Spanton, Placement Student

Grants & contracts

ESRC Research Grant (2016 - 2019). Modelling explicit and implicit memory: linking priming, recognition, and source memory. Principal Investigator, fEC £337,292.

ESRC Research Fellowship (Dec 2007 - Jan 2011). Testing formal single- and dual-system models of recognition, priming and fluency. Principal Investigator, £226,607. (Fellowship mentor: Prof. D. Shanks; Collaborator: Prof R. Henson.)

Wellcome Trust Value in People Award (Jan 2011 - April 2011). £5,106.

Key publications are highlighted

Berry C & Shujuan Z 2019 'Film and fashion in Shanghai: What (not) to wear during the cultural revolution' Journal of Chinese Cinemas 1-25 , DOI
Berry CJ, Ward EV & Shanks DR 2017 'Does study duration have opposite effects on recognition and repetition priming?' Journal of Memory and Language 97, 154-174 , DOI PEARL
Hollins TJ, Lange N, Berry CJ & Dennis I 2016 'Giving and stealing ideas in memory: Source errors in recall are influenced by both early-selection and late-correction retrieval processes' JOURNAL OF MEMORY AND LANGUAGE 88, 87-103 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Wright GR, Berry CJ, Catmur C & Bird G 2015 'Good Liars Are Neither 'Dark' Nor Self-Deceptive' PloS one 10, (6) e0127315-e0127315 , DOI PEARL
Berry CJ, Kessels RPC, Wester AJ & Shanks DR 2014 'A single-system model predicts recognition memory and repetition priming in amnesia' The Journal of Neuroscience 34, (33) 10963-10974 , DOI PEARL
Ward EV, Berry CJ & Shanks DR 2013 'Age effects on explicit and implicit memory' Frontiers in Psychology 4, , DOI PEARL
Wright G, Berry CJ & Bird G 2013 'Deceptively simple… The “deception‐general” ability and the need to put the liar under the spotlight' Frontiers in Neuroscience 7, , DOI
Ward EV, Berry CJ & Shanks DR 2013 'An Effect of Age on Implicit Memory That Is Not Due to Explicit Contamination: Implications for Single and Multiple-Systems Theories' Psychology and Aging 28, (2) 429-442 , DOI
Wright GRT, Berry CJ & Bird G 2012 '"You can't kid a kidder": association between production and detection of deception in an interactive deception task' Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 6, , DOI
Shanks DR & Berry CJ 2012 'EPS Mid-Career Award 2011. Are there multiple memory systems? Tests of models of implicit and explicit memory' Q J Exp Psychol (Hove) 65, (8) 1449-1474 Author Site , DOI
Berry CJ, Shanks DR, Speekenbrink M & Henson RN 2012 'Models of recognition, repetition priming, and fluency: exploring a new framework' Psychol Rev 119, (1) 40-79 Author Site , DOI
Berry CJ, Shanks DR, Li S, Rains LS & Henson RN 2010 'Can "pure" implicit memory be isolated? A test of a single-system model of recognition and repetition priming' Can J Exp Psychol 64, (4) 241-255 Author Site , DOI
Shanks DR, Berry CJ & Henson RNA 2009 'A perspective on implicit and explicit memory: Development of a computational model' CANADIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE PSYCHOLOGIE EXPERIMENTALE 63, (4) 348-348 Author Site
Berry CJ, Shanks DR & Henson RNA 2008 'A unitary signal-detection model of implicit and explicit memory' Trends Cogn Sci 12, (10) 367-373 Author Site , DOI
Berry CJ, Shanks DR & Henson RN 2008 'A single-system account of the relationship between priming, recognition, and fluency' J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 34, (1) 97-111 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Berry CJ, Shanks DR & Henson RNA 2006 'On the status of unconscious memory: Merikle and Reingold (1991) revisited' J Exp Psychol Learn Mem Cogn 32, (4) 925-934 Author Site , DOI
Berry CJ, Henson RNA & Shanks DR 2006 'On the relationship between repetition priming and recognition memory: Insights from a computational model' Journal of Memory and Language 55, (4) 515-533 , DOI