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Dr Ira Konstantinou

Professor of Psychology

Dr Ira Konstantinou

Dr Ira Konstantinou

Biography
I have completed my BA in Psychology at the American College of Greece in Athens. I completed my PhD work on memory awareness at Sussex University in 2005 and have been working at Richmond, the American International University in London since 2003. My research interests are in the area of memory awareness and I have recently started work on bringing 2 lines of research together, that of memory awareness and that of factors contributing to own-race bias. I am also conducting pedagogical research with a focus on critical thinking in undergraduate students. In terms of teaching, I have designed and run successfully several new courses at Richmond University.


Faculty Research

  • Konstantinou, I. and Cohen, M. (2014). Are our students evolving into critical thinkers? Darwin forbid! The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, 21, 27-36..
  • DuToit, K., Smith, L. and Konstantinou, I. (in press). The effect of immediate forced false responses on delayed recognition memory accuracy and confidence ratings. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies.
  • Konstantinou, I. (2013). Levels of processing and memory awareness when recognising own-race versus other-race Faces: Implications for eyewitness memory. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, 7 (1), 39-50.
  • Gregg V. H., Karayianni, I., Konstantinou, I., & Gardiner, J.M. (2006). Recognition memory and awareness: A high frequency advantage in the accuracy of knowing. Memory, 14 (3), 265-275.
  • Gardiner, J.M. Konstantinou, I., Karayianni, I., & Gregg V. H. (2005). Memory awareness following speeded compared with unspeeded picture recognition. Experimental Psychology, 52(1), 1-10.
  • Konstantinou, I, & Gardiner, J.M. (2005). Conscious control and memory awareness when recognising famous faces. Memory, 13(5), 449-457.
  • Karayianni, I., Konstantinou, I., & Gardiner, J.M. (2002). Two recognition effects that sometimes occur in knowing. Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 7, 67.

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I teach on:
BA (Hons) Psychology


Some of the courses I teach:
PSY 3100 – Foundations in Psychology
PSY 4205 – Concept & Hist Issues Psychol
PSY 6391 – Senior Projects Psych I: Quant Methods
PSY 6210 – Cognitive Science
PSY 6410 – Memory and Awareness


Research Clusters:
The Study of the State, Power and Globalisation


Research Interest & Expertise:
I am interested in the cognitive processes of memory and awareness. My recent research investigates the cognitive processes that mediate intergroup bias and conflict by using a memory paradigm instead of the conventional social psychology approaches. In my most recent publication I looked at race bias in recognition memory and how this bias disadvantages Black people leading to false convictions when a White eyewitness is asked to identify the perpetrator of a crime.  I am currently investigating infrahumanisation and cross-race recognition memory.  Infrahumanisation is a social cognition process where ‘the other’ (the out-group) is presumed to have more animal, primitive feelings (hunger, aggression, hate) and lack uniquely human feelings (enjoyment, resignation, remorse). This is an automatic process that we are not aware of. The study is investigating the effect of infrahumanisation on memory for ‘the other race’ faces. The forthcoming paper will discuss the implications of these processes on group conflict, negotiations between conflict groups, and the understanding of the other group’s misfortunes.  I am also researching ways to implement evidence-based teaching approaches to critical thinking in undergraduates. My recent paper on critical thinking focuses on ways for students to be taught how to think critically within their discipline through writing-to-learn assessments.