Bridgid Finn
Research Scientist

See my guest post in Psychology Today!

Research Interests

My research aims at understanding the processes that regulate learning and memory.

I explore these topics by examining the cognitive and metacognitive processes underlying memory encoding, memory retrieval, and self regulated learning.


Finn, B. & Metcalfe, J. (in press). Overconfidence in children’s multi-trial judgments of learning.  Learning and Instruction.

Finn, B. & Roediger, H.L. (2013). Interfering effects of retrieval in learning new information. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition, 39, 1665-1681.

Metcalfe, J. & Finn, B. (2013). Metacognition and control of study choice in children. Metacognition and Learning, 8, 19-46.

Finn, B.,  Roediger, H.L. & Rosenzweig, E. (2012).  Reconsolidation from negative emotional pictures:  Is successful retrieval required? Memory & Cognition, 40, 1031-1035.

Wahlheim, C. N., Finn, B. & Jacoby, L. L. (2012). Multiple bases for category learning judgments:  Effects of repetition and family size. Memory & Cognition, 49, 703-716.

Metcalfe, J. & Finn, B. (2012).  Hypercorrection of high confidence errors in children. Learning and Instruction, 22, 253-261.

Roediger, H.L., Finn, B. & Weinstein, Y. (2012).  Improving metacognition to enhance educational practice. In Della Sala & Anderson (Eds.), pp. 128-154. Neuroscience in Education:The good the bad and the ugly Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Son, L., Kornell, N., Finn, B. & Cantlon, J. (2012).  Metacognition and the social animal.  In Briñol & DeMarree (Eds.), Social Metacognition.  Frontiers of Social Psychology:  New York, Psychology Press.
Finn, B. & Roediger, H.L. (2011).  Enhancing retention through reconsolidation:  Negative emotional arousal following retrieval enhances later recall. Psychological Science, 22, 781-786.
Metcalfe, J. & Finn B.  (2011).  People’s correction of high confidence errors:  did they know it all along? Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition, 37, 437-448.

Miele, D., Finn, B., Molden, D. (2011).  Does easily learned mean easily remembered? It depends on your beliefs about intelligence. Psychological Science, 22, 320-324.

Schwartz, B., Son, L.K., Kornell, N. & Finn, B. (2011).  Four principles of memory: A guide to improving learning efficiency. International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving, 21, 7-15.
Finn, B.  (2010).  Ending on a high note: Adding a better end to difficult study. Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Learning, Memory and Cognition, 36, 1548-1553.
Finn, B., & Metcalfe, J. (2010).  Scaffolding feedback to maximize long-term error correction. Memory & Cognition, 38, 951-961.
Metcalfe, J., Kornell, N. & Finn, B. (2009).  Delayed versus immediate feedback in children's and adults' vocabulary learning.  Memory & Cognition, 37, 1077-1087.
Finn, B. (2008). Framing effects on metacognitive monitoring and control.  Memory & Cognition, 36, 813-821.
Finn, B., & Metcalfe, J. (2008). Judgments of learning are influenced by memory for past test. Journal of Memory and Language, 58, 19-34.
Metcalfe, J. & Finn, B. (2008a). Familiarity and retrieval processes in delayed judgments of learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 34, 1084-1097.
Metcalfe, J. & Finn, B. (2008b).  Evidence that judgments of learning are causally related to study choice. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 174-179.
Finn, B. & Metcalfe, J. (2007). The role of memory for past test in the underconfidence with practice effect.  Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory and Cognition, 33, 238-244.
Reviews and Commentary
Finn. B. (2012). What is metacognition? (Review of the book The Taxonomy of Metacognition).  PsycCritiques. 
Finn. B. & Weinstein, Y. (2010).  Eric Kandel and the new science of mind. (Review of the motion picture In Search of Memory, With the Neuroscientist Eric Kandel, Winner of the Nobel Prize).  PsycCritiques. Contemporary Psychology, 55.
Roediger, H.L. & Finn, B. (2010, March/April). The pluses of getting it wrong.  Scientific American Mind, 21, 38-41.
Roediger, H.L. & Finn, B. (2009, October 20). Getting it wrong:  Surprising tips on how to learn.  Scientific American Mind Matters.  Retrieved from
Manuscripts Under Review  
Finn, B. (2014) Measuring Motivation in Low Stakes Assessments.  Manuscript under review.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Thomas, R. C., Finn, B. & Jacoby, L.L. (2014). Metacognitive judgments at the category level predict test performance with educational concepts. Manuscript in preparation.