Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Lorraine Hope is Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. She holds degrees from Lancaster, Bristol and Aberdeen universities and is a member of the UK Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). Her work focuses on the performance of human cognition in applied contexts, including memory and decision-making under challenging conditions.

Over the past 15 years, her research has resulted in the development of innovative tools and techniques, informed by psychological science, for eliciting accurate and detailed information and intelligence in security, policing and intelligence contexts.  Working with national and international collaborators, Professor Hope has secured competitive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Royal Society, Australian Research Council, Home Office and national police forces. 

She has published widely on memory and information elicitation topics and speaks regularly at academic and practitioner conferences. She is an invited member of the Executive Board of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), an elected member of the Governing Board of the Society for Applied Research on Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), Associate Editor of British Psychological Society journal Legal and Criminological Psychology and Consulting Editor for the American Psychological Association Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.

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Recent publications

Hope, L., Blocksidge, D., Gabbert, F., Sauer, J. D., Lewinski, W., Mirashi, A. & Atuk, E. (In press). Memory and the Operational Witness: Police officer recall of firearms encounters as a function of active response role. Law and Human Behavior.
Hope, L. (2016). Evaluating the effects of stress and fatigue on police officer response and recall: A challenge for research, training, practice and policy. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 5, 239-245.
Sauer, J., & Hope, L. (2016). Effects of divided attention at study and reporting procedure on regulation and monitoring for episodic recall. Acta Psychologica, 169, 143-156
Gabbert, F., Hope, L., Carter, E. & Boon, R (2015). Communicating with witnesses: The role of initial accounts during investigative interviews. In G. Oxburgh, T. Grant, T. Myklehust, B. Milne (Eds.) Communication in Investigative and Legal Contexts: Integrated Approaches from Forensic Psychology, Linguistics and Law Enforcement. John Wiley & Sons.
Nash, R., Wheeler, R. L. & Hope, L. (2015). On the persuadability of memory: Is changing people's memories no more than changing their minds? British Journal of Psychology, 106, 308-326.
Vrij, A., Mann, S., Jundi, S., Hillman, J., & Hope, L. (2014). Detection of Concealment in an Information-Gathering Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 936-944.
Vrij, A., Hope, L., & Fisher, R. P. (2014). Eliciting Reliable Information in Investigative Interviews. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences (PIBBS), 1, 129-136.
Hope, L., Gabbert, F., Fisher, R. P. and Jamieson, K. (2014), Protecting and Enhancing Eyewitness Memory: The Impact of an Initial Recall Attempt on Performance in an Investigative Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 304–313.
Hope, L., Eales, N. and Mirashi, A. (2014), Assisting jurors: Promoting recall of trial information through the use of a trial-ordered notebook. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 19, 316–331.
Hope, L. (2013). Interviewing in Forensic Settings. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press
Hope, L., Mullis, R. & Gabbert, F. (2013) Who? What? When? Using a timeline technique to facilitate recall of a complex event. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 20-24.
Hope, L., Gabbert, F & Fraser, J. (2013). Post incident conferring by law enforcement officers: Do discussions affect beliefs and accuracy? Law & Human Behavior. 37, 117-27.
Jundi, S., Vrij, A., Hope, L., Mann, S. & Hillman, J. (2013) Establishing Evidence through Undercover & Collective Intelligence Interviewing. Psychology, Public Policy and Law, 19, 297-306.
Hope, L., Lewinski, W., Dixon, J., Blocksidge, D. & Gabbert, F. (2012). Witnesses in action: The effect of physical exertion on recall and recognition. Psychological Science, 23, 386-390.


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