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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 460 Cognitive Psychology

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Polage, D. C. & Howell-Forbes, E.* (in press). Achieving the seven principles of effective teaching through online instruction. One Voice International Collection of Scholarly Works 2012.
  • Polage, D. C. (2012). Making up history: False memories of fake news stories. Europe’s Journal of Psychology.
  • 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:
  • Polage, D. C. (2004). Fabrication deflation? The mixed effects of lying on subsequent memory. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18, 455-465.
  • Cupp, R. L. Jr. & Polage, D. C. (2002). The rhetoric of strict products liability versus negligence: An empirical analysis. New York University Law Review, 77, 874-961.
  • Tsai, A., Loftus, E. F., & Polage, D. C. (2000). Current Directions in False Memory Research. In D. Bjorklund (Ed.), False-memory creation in children and adults: Theory, research, and implications (pp. 31-44). Erlbaum.
  • Loftus, E. F. & Polage, D. C. (1999). Repressed Memories: When are they real? How are they false? In P. Resnick (Ed.), Psychiatric Clinics of North America (pp. 61-70). Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Co.
  • Loftus, E. F., Joslyn, S. L., & Polage, D. C. (1998). Repression: A mistaken impression? Development and Psychopathology, 10, 781-792.