Dr. Newman is broadly interested in distortions of cognition and memory, especially the ways that tangential, nonprobative information can boost people’s confidence that even false claims are true.She has asked questions such as, How do we come to believe that things are true when they are not? How can we remember things that never actually happened? Her work encompasses cognitive, memory, social and experimental areas of psychology.

Dr. Newman received her PhD from Victoria University of Wellington in 2013, and spent two years as a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Mind and Society Center at the University of Southern California.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Dornsife Mind & Society Center, University of Southern California
  • 2013–2015
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of California, Irvine


  • 2013 
    Victoria University of Wellington, PhD, Psychology
  • 2005 
    Victoria University of Wellington, BSc, Psychology, BSc Honors