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Dr. Danielle Polage

Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Washington
B.A. Mathematics, Emory University

Office: Psychology Building Room 448
Phone: 509-963-2012

About me

I love to travel, play tennis, scuba dive, and ski. I love the outdoors- camping, hiking, rafting, etc. I am married and three wonderful children.

Courses Typically Taught at CWU:

  • PSY 101 General Psychology
  • PSY 300 Research Methods
  • PSY 301 Learning
  • PSY 450 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 460 Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests:

  • Memory Research, particularly as it applies to Psychology and Law
  • Lying
  • Eyewitness Testimony
  • Jury Decision Making
  • Repression

Selected Works: 

  • Polage, D. C. (2013, September).  Memory for MCI.  Paper presented at the Cognitive Science of Religion and Christianity Seminar.  Seattle, WA.
  • Polage, D. C. (2013, June).  Telling lies makes the truth less certain.  Paper presented at Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.  Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Polage, D. C. (2013, May).  Liar liar memory on fire.  Paper presented at SOURCE Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.
  • Polage, D. C. (2012).  Making up history:  False memories of fake news stories.  Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 8(2), 245–250.  doi:10.5964/ejop.v8i2.456
  • Polage, D. C. (2012). Fabrication inflation increases as source monitoring ability decreases. Acta Psychologica, 139(2), 335-342. doi:  10.1016/j.actpsy.2011.12.007
  • Scanlon, A. E., & Polage, D. C. (2011). The strength of a smile: Duchenne smiles improve advertisement and product evaluations.  Pacific Northwest Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 2, Article 3.  Available at: