Charles B. Stone

Charles B. Stone

Charles B. Stone
Assistant Professor
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Academie Universitaire Louvain/Marie Curie Actions of the European Commission, Postdoctoral Research FellowPsychological Sciences Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain (2012-2013)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychological Sciences Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain (2010-2011)

Ph.D., Macquarie University (2011, Cognitive Science)

M.A., New School for Social Research (2007, Psychology)

B.A., Western Washington University (2004, Sociology)


Charles B. Stone is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. A native of Washington State and trained in Cognitive Science in Australia (Ph.D., Macquarie University, 2011), he commenced his academic career at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA before moving to New York to complete his MA the New School for Social research. Before coming John Jay College, he completed to postdoctoral fellowships at theUniversité catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Dr. Stone's publications have dealt with the formation and maintenance of collective memories, mnemonic consequences of silence, intergenerational transmission of memories, the mnemonic consequences associated with denials, social media and memory and jury deliberations. He is actively involved in a n umber of forensic and memory associations around the world.

Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the American Psychology-Law Society and the journal, Applied Cognitive Psychology. He has received internationally competitive fellowships to conduct internation research in Belgium (2017) and Australia (2017). He has also been an expert witness for a number trials as well. 

JJC Affiliations

Forensic Psychology

Professional Memberships

Applied Cognitive Psychology
Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)
American Psychology-Law Society (APLS)
Memory Studies

Course Taught

Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behaviour (PSYC 71103) (PhD course)

Collective Memory and Justice (PSYC 80103) (PhD course)

Advanced Research Methods (PSY 738) (MA course)

Research Methods and Design (PSY 715) (MA course)

Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101) (BA course)

Cognitive Psychology (PSY 200) (BA course)

Perception (PSY 324) (BA course)

Learning and Memory (PSY 327) (BA course)

Languages spoken/fluent in


Scholarly Work

 Stone, C.B. & Bietti, L. (eds.) (2015). Contextualizing human memory: An interdisciplinary   approach to understanding how individuals and groups remember the past. Milton, UK: Routledge.

Stone, C.B. & Jay, A.C.V.** (2018). Are negative events more likely to elicit flashbulb memories than positive events? A functional examination of the role valence plays in the formation of flashbulb memories. In O. Luminet & A. Curci (eds.), Flashbulb memories: Updated issues and perspective (pp. 161-181). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Jay, A.C.V.***, Stone, C.B., Meksin, R., Merck, C, Gordon, N.S.***, & Hirst, W. (in press). Collective wisdom or collaborative memory failure: Socially shared retrieval induced forgetting as a result of jury deliberations. Topics in Cognitive Science.

 Stone, C.B., & Wang, Qi (in press). From conversations to digital communication: The mnemonic consequences of producing and consuming information via social media. Topics in Cognitive Science. doi: 10.1111/tops.12369

Stone, C.B. & Jay, A.C.V.***(in press). Social aspects of remembering the past. Applied Cognitive Psychology [Special Issue].

***PhD students

Honors and Awards

Visiting Research Fellowship @ Macquarie University,Sydney, Australia (2017)
Visiting Professorship @ Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2017)
Faculty Mentor Award (2) (MA program) ( 2014-2016)
Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation: PhD Thesis (2011)
Outstanding Graduating MA Student in Psychology (2007)

Research Summary

Charles B. Stone is a cognitive scientist who studies how autobiographical memories and collective memories and individuals’ confidence in said memories are shaped through social interactions. In particular, he has examined how WWII and 9/11 memories transmit across generations, the mnemonic consequences of silence in the couse of social interactions, and how deliberations on the part of jurors shape their memories of the trail and, in turn, their decision-making. Recently, he has started a research project examining how social media use shapes both the producers' and consumers' autobiographical and collective memories. I am currently working on research projects funded by three different grants: an NSF grant to examine jury decision-making, a CUNY Collaborative Incentive Grant (CIRG) to examine the divergent roles prejudice and dehumanization play in the decision-making process throughout the judicial system and a PSC-CUNY grant to examine how 9/11 memories are transmitted to the next generation. Since arriving at John Jay College in 2013, he has mentored 1 Ph.D. student and 15 M.A. students. He has been honored for his ability to mentor M.A. students, being award Faculty Mentor of the Year award twice (2014-2016).


Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Memory, Eyewitness ID & Interrogation / False Confessions

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Social aspects of memory (and memory more generally), autobiographical memory, collective memory, meta-cognitive judgements, social media and memory, jury decision making

In The Media


The Atlantic, Bad news for people who can’t remember names                         

Research Digest: Blogging on brain and behavior, The British Psychological Society, Our collective memory, like individual memory, is shockingly fallible

Online Presence