Jane Whittington


Assistant Professor

BA, Psychology, Canisius College
MS, General Psychology, Texas A&M University - Commerce
PhD, Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University - Commerce

Courses Taught

Psychology and Law
Sensation and Perception
Cognitive Processes
Behavior Modification
Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Psychology

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

I aim to illustrate the importance of research in the exploration of all subfields of psychology. I primarily use my time in the classroom to engage my students with relevant psychological material that they can apply to their everyday lives. I hope to help all students see that research has a place in the real world, it’s not just meant for the lab and textbooks!

Recent Presentations/Publications

Carlson, C. A., Jones, A. R., Whittington, J. E., Lockamyeir, R. F., Carlson, M. A., & Wooten, A. R. (2019). Lineup fairness: propitious heterogeneity and the diagnostic feature-detection hypothesis. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 4(1), 2.

Carlson, C. A., Jones, A. R., Goodsell, C. A., Carlson, M. A., Weatherford, D. R., Whittington, J. E., & Lockamyeir, R. F. A method for increasing empirical discriminability and eliminating top‐row preference in photo arrays. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Carlson, C. A., Pleasant, W. E., Weatherford, D. R., Carlson, M. A., & Bednarz, J. E. (2016). The weapon focus effect: Testing an extension of the unusualness hypothesis. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 12, 87-100.

Carlson, C. A., Carlson, M. A., Weatherford, D. R., Tucker, A., & Bednarz, J. E. (2016). The effect of backloading instructions on eyewitness identification from simultaneous and sequential lineups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30, 1005-1013. doi: 10.1002/acp.3292

Carlson, C. A., Young, D. F., Weatherford, D. R., Carlson, M. A., Bednarz, J. E., & Jones, A. R. (2016). The influence of perpetrator exposure time and weapon presence/timing on eyewitness confidence and accuracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(6), 898-910.

Carlson, C. A., & Bednarz, J. E. (2016). the Body Deconstructed: An Unflinching Portrayal. Psyccritiques, 61(35).

Additional Info

My research lab group, the Whittington Advanced Cognition (WAC) Lab, is actively pursuing research into various subfields of cognition and metacognition. Students interested in exploring those topics and/or just in getting an idea of what it means to do research should contact me.

Current Research Interests

My research interests involve the application of theoretical findings to applied problems, such as eyewitness memory. This area is often not only of high interests to students, but it can also play a role in serving the greater community. Specifically, the conviction of innocent individuals by the criminal justice system in this country is largely due to eyewitness misidentification. The ultimate goal of working in the field of eyewitness memory research is to provide a basis for the criminal justice system off of which to compose policies that are effective and evidence-based, rather than merely anecdote-based (which may be ineffective). My research focuses on potential negative relationships that certain types of confidence judgments have with identification accuracy as well as on the negative impact that weapon presence can have on face identification ability. I would like to continue this line of research in the future and perhaps invite students to serve as research assistants as a means of increasing their exposure to the research process.

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Published: 1/22/19: Getting to Know: Dr. Jane Whittington

Jane Whittington
Office: HFH 315
Phone: 267-341-3639