Department of Psychology


Dr James Sauer

  • Qualifications: PhD, BPsychology (Hons)
  • Role Title: Visiting Research Fellow
  • Address: University of Tasmania
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6330
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2009, I completed my PhD and a one year post-doctoral Research Associate position (funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant) at Flinders University. During this time I worked on a number of projects investigating applied cognitive issues in forensic psychology (e.g., eyewitness memory and confidence, and juror decision making). 

In general, I’m interested in memory, decision making and confidence. I’m particularly interested in developing better ways to test eyewitnesses’ memories (i.e., better than the typical lineup task), and ways to use confidence to discriminate between memory judgements that are more or less likely to be reliable.

Other recent research has focussed on aiding/improving jurors’ decision making and interpretation of evidence (particularly eyewitness evidence). I also have a developing interests in (a) face matching in security settings (i.e., border security), (b) decision-making based on CCTV information, and particularly the vulnerability of CCTV operators to cognitive deficits like change blindness, and (c) the effects of playing video games on cognition and behaviour.


With Dr Nathan Weber and Professor Neil Brewer (Flinders University) The accessibility model of Feeling of Knowing and the meta-cognitive and meta-memorial bases of confidence in recognition

With Professor Tim Perfect (University of Plymouth), and Dr Nathan Weber (Flinders University) Novel approaches to testing eyewitness recognition memory

With Dr Melanie Sauerland (Maastricht University) and Dr. Steve Charman (Florida International University) Eyewitness identifications for crimes in multiple perpetrators

With Professor Neil Brewer (Flinders University) and Dr Matt Palmer (University of Tasmania) The Confidence-Accuracy relationship in recall memory and Mock–juror decision making, and procedures designed to help mock–jurors better evaluate trial evidence

With Dr Hartmut Blank (University of Portsmouth) The effects of liking bias on eyewitness decision-making

With Dr Anne Hillstrom, Dr Lorraine Hope, and with Dr Carolyn Semmler (University of Adelaide) Face matching performance in border security settings


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