Dr Cathleen Cortis Mack

Senior Research Officer
Department of Psychology
Dr Cathleen Cortis Mack
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    +44 (0) 1206 874910

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    4.723, Colchester Campus



  • PhD in Psychology: University of Essex: 2012 - 2015

  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience: University of Essex: 2011-2012 (Distinction)

  • BA in English (specialising in Linguistics): University of Malta: 2008-2011 (First Class)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Immediate verbal and visuo-spatial memory

Retrieval Induced Forgetting

Long-term serial position effects

Use of technology and life logging for memory augmentation

Semantic error detection in language acquisition

Current research

I am a senior research officer currently working on an EPSRC grant entitled PACTMAN.

I have previously worked on the RECALL project (EU funded grant) that is looking at Retrieval Induced Forgetting (RIF) in the real world, serial position curves across long periods of time as well as the use of technology to augment memory.

My PhD explored immediate memory across domains, more specifically verbal and visuo-spatial immediate memory. There is an on-going debate as to whether verbal and visuo-spatial memory are two distinct memory stores. My research delineated the similarities between the two by utilising similar methodologies for both modalities. It also made use of dual-task free recall methodology to help expound on whether forward serial order is a domain-general or a domain-specific mechanism.

Conferences and presentations

Cortis Mack, C., Ward, G., & Cinel, C. (May 2017) Toward an intelligent end-of-day review to augment human memory. Talk Presented at the Eastern ARC Workshop 2016.Canterbury, UK.

Cortis, C.& Ward, G (May, 2016) Independent capacities but constrained output orders in the simultaneous free recall of audiotry-verbal and visuo-spatial stimuli. Poster Presented at the Internation Meeting of Psychonomics 2016. Granada, Spain.

Cortis, C.& Ward, G (January, 2015)List length and output order effects in the immediate free recall of non-verbal stimuli.Talk Presented at the EPS London Meeting 2015. London, UK

Cortis, C.& Ward, G (July, 2014)List length and output order effects in the immediate free recall of non-verbal stimuli.Poster Presented at the International Conference of Working Memory 2014. Cambridge, UK

Cortis, C. & Ward, G (Sept, 2013)List length and output order effects in the immediate free recall of non-verbal stimuli.Poster Presented at the British Psychological Society, Cognition and Developmental Psychology Sections Joint Conference. Reading, UK.

Teaching and supervision

  • Memory Attention and Language (PS415)


Journal articles (6)

Cinel, C., Cortis Mack, C. and Ward, GD., (2018). Towards augmented human memory: Retrieval-induced forgetting and retrieval practice in an interactive, end-of-day review. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 147 (5), 632-661

Cortis Mack, C., Cinel, C., Davies, N., Harding, M. and Ward, G., (2017). Serial position, output order, and list length effects for words presented on smartphones over very long intervals. Journal of Memory and Language. 97, 61-80

Cortis Mack, C., Dent, K. and Ward, G., (2017). Near-Independent Capacities and Highly Constrained Output Orders in the Simultaneous Free Recall of Auditory-Verbal and Visuo-Spatial Stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition. 44 (1), 107-134

Niforatos, E., Cinel, C., Mack, CC., Langheinrich, M. and Ward, G., (2017). Can Less be More?. Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies. 1 (2), 1-22

Hanley, JR., Cortis, C., Budd, M-J. and Nozari, N., (2016). Did I say dog or cat? A study of semantic error detection and correction in children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 142, 36-47

Cortis, C., Dent, K., Kennett, S. and Ward, G., (2015). First things first: Similar list length and output order effects for verbal and nonverbal stimuli.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 41 (4), 1179-1214

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