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Charles Stone
Position: Associate Professor, Psychology
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, Macquarie University
M.A. in Psychology, New School for Social Research
B.A. in Sociology, Western Washington University
Training Area: Psychology and Law
Research Interests: Social aspects of memory (and memory more generally), Autobiographical memory, Collective memory, Meta-cognitive judgements, Social media and memory, Jury decision making
Social Media: Twitter

Charles B. Stone is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Psychology & Law Program. His research primarily focuses on how social interactions (e.g., conversations, media, social media, etc.) shape the way individuals and groups remember the past (autobiographical and collective memories, respectively).

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, where he majored in sociology before moving to New York to complete his M.A. in psychology at the New School for Social Research. Before coming to John Jay College, he completed two postdoctoral fellowships at the Universit√© 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 jury deliberations. He is actively involved in a number of psychology, forensic and memory associations around the world. He has also been an expert witness for a number trials.  Additionally, he recently was an Associate Editor for the American Psychology-Law Society. He recently won the Outstanding Scholarly Mentor award last year (2019-2020) and has received internationally competitive fellowships to conduct research in Belgium (2017) and Australia (2017).  Currently, he is an Associate Editor for the journal, Applied Cognitive Psychology.

  • Outstanding Scholarly Mentor Award (2019-2020)
  • Visiting Research Fellowship @ Macquarie University,Sydney, Australia (2017)
  • Visiting Professorship @ Universit√© 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)
  • 2020-2021 - Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY), $3,500. "Race salience as a trial strategy in police-officer and civilian involved shootings"
  • 2019 - OAR CUNY Software & Equipment Grant Program, $7,288. "BrainVoyager: fMRI analysis/visualization program"
  • 2018 - Winner of the Cornell Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility (CMRIF) Free-hours program
  • 2018-2019 - Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY), $3,500. "Adversarial attributions: The fundamental attribution error and causal attributions in jury decision"
  • 2017-2018 - Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY), $6,000. "When mitigation backfires: Child maltreatment evidence may have unduly prejudicial effects on jurors’ decision-making processes in death penalty trials"
  • 2014-2020 - National Science foundation, $425,000. "Collaborative Research: Memory and jury deliberation: The benefits and costs of collective remembering"
  • 2014-2015 - CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant (CIRG) Program, $27,672. "Who is “less human”? The moderating effects of race, criminal status and dehumanization on decision-making processes throughout the criminal judicial system"
  • 2014-2015 - Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY), $5,965.68. "The propagation of a collective memory: The transmission of 9/11 memories to the younger generation"
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of Psychological Science (APS)
  • American Psychology-Law Society (APLS)
  • Editorial Board, Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Editorial Board, Memory Studies
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC)
Courses Taught
  • Cognitive and Affective Aspects of Behavior (PSYC 71103)
  • Collective Memory and Justice (PSYC 80103)
  • Jay, A.C.V.***, Yoon, J.**, Stone, C.B., & Fondacaro, M. (under review). "Racial bias in mens rea determinations and the mediating role of attribution bias." Psychology, Crime and Law.
  • Meyler, S.Y.,** Stone, C.B., Luminet, O., Meksin, R., & Hirst, W. (revise and resubmit). "The intergenerational transmission of event and flashbulb memories surrounding 9/11 and its impact on the next generation’s social identity." Psychological Science.
  • Van der Haegen, A., Stone, C.B., Luminet, O., & Hirst, W (revise and resubmit). "Familial discussions surrounding World War II: The importance of conversational roles in understanding when memories may transmit across generations." Discourse Processes.
  • Stone, C.B., & Zwolinski, A***. (in press). "Conversations, media and social media: The evolution of social interactions and how they shape the way individuals and groups remember the past." Journal of Memory, Mind & Media.
  • Stone, C.B., Labarbera, G.***, Ceren, M.*, Garcia, B.**, Huie, K.**, Stump, C.*, & Wang, Q. (in press). "Why do people share their personal experiences online? An examination of the motives and characteristics of social media users." Memory [Special Issue].
  • Stone, C.B., Luminet, O., Jay, A.C.V.***, Licata, L., Klein, O., & Hirst, W. (in press). "Public speeches induce “collective” forgetting? The Belgian King’s 2012 summer speech as a case study." Memory Studies.
  • Bietti, L. & Stone, C.B. (2019). "Introduction: How conversations shape the way individuals and groups remember the past." Topics in Cognitive Science, 11, 592-608. doi: 10.1111/tops.12443
  • Jay, A.C.V.***, Stone, C.B., Meksin, R., Merck, C, Gordon, N.S.***, & Hirst, W. (2019). "The mnemonic consequences of jurors’ selective retrieval during deliberation." Topics in Cognitive Science, 11, 627-643. doi: 10.1111/tops.12435 
  • Stone, C.B., & Wang, Qi (2019). "From conversations to digital communication: The mnemonic consequences of producing and consuming information via social media." Topics in Cognitive Science,11, 774-793. doi: 10.1111/tops.12369
  • Stone, C.B. & Jay, A.C.V.***(2019). "From the individual to the collective: The emergence of a psychological approach to collective memory [Special Issue]." Applied Cognitive Psychology, 33, 504-515. doi: 10.1002/acp.3564 
  • Davis, J.*, Bayantemur, S.,Y.*, Seecharan, S.**, Unger, L.,D.,** & Hellgren, J.***, & Stone, C.B. (2018). "Fluctuating confidence: The dynamic consequences of true/false affirmatives and denials on how a listener appraises their personal past." Memory, 7(26), 882-893.
  • Stone, C.B., Gkinopoulos, T. & Hirst, W. (2017). "Forgetting history: The mnemonic consequences of listening to selective recounting of history." Memory Studies [Special Issue], 10(3), 286-296.
  • Dressaire, D., Stone, C.B., Nielson, K., Guerdoux, E., Martin, S., Bernardon, A., Brouillet, D., & Luminet, O. (2015). "Alexithymia impairs the cognitive control of negative material while facilitating the recall of neutral material in both younger and older adults." Cognition & Emotion, 29, 442-459.
  • Stone, C.B., Luminet, O., & Takahashi, M. (2015). "Remembering public, political events: A cross-cultural and -sectional examination of Australian and Japanese public memories." Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 280-290.
  • Coman, A., Stone, C.B., Castano, E., & Hirst, W. (2014). "Justifying atrocities: The effect of moral disengagement strategies on socially shared retrieval induced forgetting." Psychological Science, 25, 1281-1285.
  • Stone, C.B., & Hirst, W. (2014). (Induced) "Forgetting to form a collective memory [Special Issue]." Memory Studies, 7, 314-327.
  • Bietti, L., Stone, C.B., & Hirst, W. (2014). "Contextualizing human memory [Special Issue]." Memory Studies, 7, 267-271.
  • Stone, C.B., Van der Haegen, A., Luminet, O. & Hirst, W (2014). "Personally relevant vs. nationally relevant memories: An intergenerational examination of World War II memories across and within Belgian French-speaking families." Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 3, 280-286.
  • Stone, C.B., Luminet, O., Hirst, W. (2013). "Induced forgetting and reduced confidence in our personal past? The consequences of selectively retrieving emotional autobiographical memories." Acta Psychologica, 144, 250-257.
  • Koppel, J., Brown, A.D., Stone, C.B., Coman, A., & Hirst, W. (2013). "Remembering President Barack Obama’s inauguration and the landing of US Airways Flight 1549: A comparison of the predictors of autobiographical and event memory." Memory, 21, 798-806.
  • Stone, C.B., Mercy, A., Licata, L., Klein, O, & Luminet, O. (2013). "Mnemonic differences and similarities across opposing social groups: The linguistic conflict at the University of Leuven as a case study." Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 2, 166-172.
  • Stone, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Hirst, W. (2013). "Forgetting our personal past: Socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting of autobiographical memories." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(4), 1084-1099. 
  • Stone, C.B., Coman, A., Brown, A.D., Koppel, J., & Hirst, W. (2012). "Toward a science of silence: The consequences of leaving a memory unsaid." Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 39-53.
  • Luminet, O., Licata, L., Klein, O., Rosoux, V., Heenen-Wolff, S., van Ypersele, L., & Stone, C.B. (2012). "The interplay between collective memory and the erosion of nation states: The paradigmatic case of Belgium. Introduction to the special issue." Memory Studies, 5, 3-15.
  • Stone, C.B., Barnier, A.J., Sutton, J., & Hirst, W. (2010). "Building consensus about the past: Schema-consistency and convergence in socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting [Special issue]." Memory, 18(2), 170-184.