Principal Investigator

James Michael Lampinen, Ph.D.

Dr. James Lampinen is a Distinguished Professor of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas.  He received a bachelors of science in psychology from Elmhurst College in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University in 1996.  He then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the State University of New York in Binghamton where he worked with Dr. David Payne.  Dr. Lampinen joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1998.  Dr. Lampinen has published extensively on topics including eyewitness memory, prospective person memory, jury decision making, face perception, and false memories.  He is the lead author of the 2012 book The Psychology of Eyewitness Identification and the 2014 book Memory 101.  Dr. Lampinen is a recipient of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Master Researcher Award and Outstanding Mentor Award He is a certified law enforcement instructor with the state of Arkansas and has offered Continuing Law Enforcement Education on the topic of eyewitness memory. He has also provided Continuing Legal Education for the Arkansas Bar Association.  Dr. Lampinen is the youngest of six siblings and grew up in Libertyville Illinois.  He enjoys spending time with his wife Jamie as well as hiking, kayaking, movies, theater, watching baseball, listening to Bob Dylan, and traveling.