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Yana Weinstein is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UMass Lowell.
Dr. Yana WeinsteinAssistant Professor
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3917
  • Office
    Health and Social Sciences Building - 375
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Research Interests

Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory and Cognition, Applying Cognitive Psychology to Education, Metacognition, False Memory, Cognitive Errors

I apply cognitive psychology to education, and together with Dr. Megan Sumeracki founded the Learning Scientists project to make scientific research on learning more accessible to students, teachers, and other educators. The broad goal of my research is to help students make the most of their academic experience. My research interests lie in improving the accuracy of memory performance and the judgments students make about their cognitive functions. I try to pose questions that have direct applied relevance, such as: How can we help students choose optimal study strategies? Why are test scores sometimes so surprising to students? And how does retrieval practice help students learn?


  • Ph D: Psychology, (2009), University College London - London, United Kingdom
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Rapid Induction of False Memory for Pictures
  • BS: Psychology, (2005), University of Warwick - Coventry, United Kingdom

Selected Awards and Honors

  • APS Rising Star (2011), Scholarship/Research

Selected Publications

  • Weinstein, Y., Bard, G. (2017) "The Effect of Question Order on Evaluations of Test Performance: Can the Bias Dissolve?," The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 70: pp. 2130-2140
  • Weinstein, Y., Nunes, L.D., Karpicke, J.D. (2016) "On the Placement of Practice Questions During Study.," Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 22:1 pp. 72-84
  • Weinstein, Y., Garcia-Marques, L., Nunes, L.D., Marques, P., Carneiro, P. (2015) "Adapting to Test Structure: Letting Testing Teach what to Learn," Memory 23: pp. 365-380
  • Weinstein, Y., Oltmanns, J.R., Oltmanns, T.F. (2014) "Borderline Personality Pathology and Insomnia Symptoms in Community-dwelling Older Adults," Personality and Mental Health 8:3 pp. 178-187
  • Weinstein, Y., Gilmore, A.W., Szpunar, K.K., McDermott, K.B. (2014) "The Role of Test Expectancy in the Build-up of Proactive Interference in Long-term Memory.," Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition
  • Weinstein, Y., Jackson, J., Balota, D. (2013) "Can Mind-wandering be Timeless? Atemporal Focus and Aging in Mind-wandering Paradigms," Frontiers in Psychology 4:
  • Weinstein, Y., Oltmanns, T.F., Rodrigues, M.M., Gleason, M.E. (2013) "Prevalence of Personality Disorders at Midlife in a Community Sample: Disorders and Symptoms Reflected in Interview, Self, and Informant Reports.," Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
  • Weinstein, Y., Gleason, M., Balsis, S., Oltmanns, T. (2013) "The Enduring Impact of Maladaptive Personality Traits on Relationship Quality and Health in Later Life," Journal of Personality 82: pp. 150-163
  • Weinstein, Y., Nash, R.A. (2013) "False Recognition of Objects in Visual Scenes: Findings from a Combined Direct and Indirect Memory Test.," Memory & Cognition 41:1 pp. 60 - 68
  • Weinstein, Y., Gleason, M.E., Oltmanns, T.F. (2012) "Borderline but not Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms are Related to Self-reported Partner Aggression in Late Middle-age.," Journal of Abnormal Psychology 121:3 pp. 692 - 698
  • Weinstein, Y., Disney, K.L., Oltmanns, T.F. (2012) "Personality Disorder Symptoms are Differentially related to Divorce Frequency.," Journal of Family Psychology 26:6 pp. 959 - 965
  • Weinstein, Y., Nunes, L.D. (2012) "Testing Improves True Recall and Protects Against the Build-up of Proactive Interference without Increasing False Recall.," Memory 20:2 pp. 138 - 154
  • Weinstein, Y., Roediger, Henry L. III, . (2012) "The Effect of Question Order on Evaluations of Test Performance: How does the Bias Evolve?," Memory & Cognition 40:5 pp. 727 - 735
  • Weinstein, Y., McDermott, K.B., Szpunar, K.K. (2011) "Testing Protects Against Proactive Interference in Face–name Learning.," Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 18:3 pp. 518 - 523
  • Weinstein, Y., McDermott, K.B., Roediger, Henry L. III, . (2010) "A Comparison of Study Strategies for Passages: Rereading, Answering Questions, and Generating Questions.," Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied 16:3 pp. 308 - 316
  • Petrides, K.V., Weinstein, Y., Chou, J., Furnham, A., Swami, V. (2010) "An Investigation into Assessment Centre Validity, Fairness, and Selection Drivers.," Australian Journal of Psychology 62:4 pp. 227 - 235
  • Finn, B., Weinstein, Y. (2010) "Eric Kandel and the New Science of Mind.," PsycCRITIQUES 55:1
  • Roediger, Henry L. III, ., Weinstein, Y., Agarwal, P.K. (2010) "Forgetting: Preliminary Considerations.," Psychology Press pp. 1 - 22
  • Weinstein, Y., Shanks, D.R. (2010) "Rapid Induction of False Memory for Pictures.," Memory 18:5 pp. 533 - 542
  • Weinstein, Y., Roediger, Henry L. III, . (2010) "Retrospective Bias in Test Performance: Providing Easy Items at the Beginning of a test makes students believe they did better on it.," Memory & Cognition 38:3 pp. 366 - 376
  • Weinstein, Y., McDermott, K.B., Chan, J.C. (2010) "True and False Memories in the DRM Paradigm on a Forced Choice Test.," Memory 18:4 pp. 375 - 384
  • Weinstein, Y., Bugg, J.M., Roediger, Henry L. III, . (2008) "Can the Survival Recall Advantage be Explained by Basic Memory Process?.," Memory & Cognition 36:5 pp. 913 - 919
  • Weinstein, Y., Shanks, D.R. (2008) "Perceptual Representations in False Recognition and Priming of Pictures.," Memory & Cognition 36:8 pp. 1415 - 1428