Dr Melanie Takarangi

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (387)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
B.A., B.Sc (Hons)., Ph.D. (VUW, New Zealand)
Research expertise
Research interests

My research draws on experimental paradigms and theory from clinical psychology and cognitive science in order to understand real-life situations in which memory distortion can be maladaptive. I am particularly interested in autobiographical memory for negative and traumatic experiences, and intrusive and involuntary memories. I am also interested in attitudes towards wrongful conviction, expectancy effects, the relationship between alcohol, crime and memory, and other legal implications of memory distortion.

Topic coordinator
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal & Clinical
Topic lecturer
PSYC3236 Forensic Psychology: Legal & Clinical
PSYC3008 Applied Cognitive Psychology
PSYC1107 Psychology of Weird and Wonderful Ideas
PSYC7006 Contemporary Issues in Psychology
PSYC7007 Applications of Psychology
Supervisory interests
Autobiographical memory
Criminal justice
Implicit cognitive processing
Memory distortion, legal implications of
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Traumatic memory
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Memory (6)
Principal supervisor: Memory (1)
Associate supervisor: Memory (1)

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