Paola Castelli

Paola Castelli

2011 Associate Professor of Psychology

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Laurea, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 1998
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2009

Prof. Castelli’s research interests lie in the areas of cognitive development and psychology and law. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the development of psychological processes underlying children’s memory accuracy. Her work focuses on the memorial and metamemorial processes involved in the formation and rejection of false memories, and aims to clarify the conditions through which existing memories are more (or less) likely to become distorted. Results from this line of investigation also help highlight the conditions under which children’s accuracy as witnesses can be compromised, or maintained.

Selected Publications
Castelli, P., Ghetti, S. (2014). Resisting imagination and confabulation. Effects of metacognitive training. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Castelli, P., & Goodman, G. S. (2014). Children's perceived emotional behavior at disclosure and prosecutor's evaluation. Child Abuse & Neglect.
Ghetti, S., Castelli, P., & Lyons, K.E. (2010). Knowing about not remembering: Developmental dissociations in lack-of memory monitoring. Developmental Science, 3, 611-621.
Ghetti, S., & Castelli, P. (2006). Developmental differences in false-event rejection: Effects of memorability-based warning. Memory, 14, 762-776.
Goodman, G. S., Myers, J. E. B., Qin, J. J., Quas, J. A., Castelli, P., & Redlich, A (2006). Effects of children’s testimony versus hearsay on jurors’ decisions. Law and Human Behavior, 30, 363-401.
Castelli, P., Goodman, G. S., Edelstein, R. S., Mitchell, E., Paz-Alonso, P. M., Lyons, K. E., & Newton, J. W. (2006). Evaluating eyewitness testimony in adults and children. In A. K. Hess and I. B. Weiner (Eds.), The Handbook of Forensic Psychology (3rd ed.) (pp.243-304). NY: Wiley.
Castelli, P., Goodman, G.S., & Ghetti, S. (2005). Effects of interview style and witness age on perceptions of children’s credibility in sexual abuse cases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35, 297-319.