Chris Fiacconi

Neuroscience & Applied Cognitive Science
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My research program is centered on understanding basic cognitive processes in humans that allow us to encode new information and later retrieve this information from memory. It is now well-known that these processes are not infallible, and are prone to error.  I am particularly interested in the processes that lead to such errors, and how they relate to the monitoring, assessment, and regulation of learning.


2007 B.Sc. Psychology (University of Western Ontario)

2012 Ph.D. Psychology (McMaster University)

2012-2016 Post-doctoral Fellow (Brain and Mind Institute, University of Western Ontario)


The central theme of my research program concerns how humans use both internal (e.g., visceral) and external (e.g., environmental stimuli) cues to construct our experience of the world. Often times the true source of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours lies outside of our awareness, implicitly shaping our experiences. Much of the work in our lab is focused on understanding which internal and external cues guide our experiences and behaviours, as well as the interpretive processes that mediate their influence. We are interested not only in how such cues shape traditional emotional experiences, but also how they inform our evaluations and judgments in the domains of memory and perception.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Fiacconi, C.M. (in press). Re-examining the sources of variance in recognition confidence: A reply to Kantner & Dobbins (2019). Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Dollois, M.A., Poore-Buchhaupt, C.J., & Fiacconi, C.M. (in press). Another look at the contribution of motoric fluency to metacognitive monitoring. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Laursen, S.J., & Fiacconi, C.M. (2022). Constraints on the use of the memorizing effort heuristic. Metacognition & Learning

Fiacconi, C.M., & Dollois, M.A. (2020). Does word frequency influence judgments of learning (JOLs)? A meta-analytic review. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology

Mitton, E.E., & Fiacconi C.M. (2020). Learning from (test) experience: testing without feedback promotes metacognitive sensitivity to near-perfect recognition performance. Zeitschrift fuer Psychologie, 228(4), 264-277.

Fiacconi, C.M., Cali, J.N., Lupianez, J., & Milliken, B. (2020). Coordinating the interaction between past and present: visual working memory for feature bindings overwritten by subsequent action to matching features. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

Fiacconi, C.M, Mitton, E.E., Laursen, S.J., & Skinner, J. (2020). Isolating the contribution of perceptual fluency to judgments of learning (JOLs): evidence for reactivity in measuring the influence of fluency. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 46, 926-944.

Plater, L., Giammarco, M., Fiacconi, C.M., & Al-Aidroos, N. (2020). No role for activated long-term memory in attentional control settings. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 149, 209-221.

Clancy E. M., Fiacconi, C.M., Fenske, M.J. (2019). Response inhibition immediately elicits negative affect and devalues associated stimuli: evidence from facial electromyography. Brain Research.

Fiacconi, C.M., Kouptsova, J.E., & Köhler, S. (2017). A role for visceral feedback and interoception in feelings-of-knowing. Consciousness & Cognition, 53, 70-80.

Fiacconi, C.M., & Owen, A.M. (2016). Using facial electromyography to detect preserved emotional processing in the vegetative state: A proof-of-principle study. Clinical Neurophysiology, 127, 3000-3006.

Fiacconi, C.M., Peter, E.L., Owais, S., & Köhler, S. (2016). Knowing by heart: visceral autonomic feedback shapes recognition memory judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 559-572.

Fiacconi, C.M., Dekraker, J., Kӧhler, S. (2015). Psychophysiological evidence for the role of emotion in adaptive memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 925-933.

Fiacconi, C.M., Owen, A.M. (2015). Using psychophysiological measures to examine the temporal profile of verbal humor elicitation. PLoS ONE. 10(9): e0135902. 

Cali, J., Fiacconi, C.M., & Milliken, B. (2015). A response-binding effect in visual short-term memory. Visual Cognition, 23, 489-515.

Fiacconi, C.M., Barkley, V., Duke, D., Finger, E.C., Rosenbaum, R.S., Carson, N., Gilboa, A., & Köhler, S. (2014). Nature and extent of person recognition impairments associated with Capgras Syndrome in Lewy Body Dementia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 726.

Duke, D., Fiacconi, C.M., & Köhler, S. (2014). Parallel effects of perceptual fluency and positive affect on familiarity-based recognition memory for faces. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 328.

Fiacconi, C.M., & Milliken, B. (2013).  Visual memory for feature bindings: the disruptive effects of responding to new perceptual input. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 1572-1600.

Fiacconi, C.M., Harvey, E.C., Sekuler, A.B., & Bennett, P.J. (2013). The influence of aging on audio-visual temporal order judgments. Experimental Aging Research, 39, 179-193.

Fiacconi, C.M., & Milliken, B. (2012). Contingency Blindness: location-identity binding mismatches obscure awareness of spatial contingencies and produce profound interference in visual working memory.  Memory & Cognition, 40, 932-945.

Fiacconi, C.M., & Milliken, B. (2011). On the role of attention in generating explicit awareness of contingent relations: evidence from spatial priming.  Consciousness & Cognition, 20, 1433-1451.

Vaquero, J.M.M., Fiacconi, C.M., & Milliken, B. (2010).  Attention, awareness of contingencies, and control in spatial localization: a qualitative difference approach.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 36, 1342-1357.

Jansen, P.A., Fiacconi, C.M., & Gibson, L.C. (2010).  A computational vector-map model of neonate saccades: modeling the externality effect through refraction periods.  Vision Research, 50, 2551-2558.

Book Chapters 

Martin, C.B., Fiacconi, C.M., & Kӧhler, S. (2015). Déjà vu: A window into understanding the cognitive neuroscience of familiarity. In Duarte, A., Barense, M., & Addis, D.R.  (Eds.), Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory. Wiley-Blackwell.

Milliken, B., & Fiacconi, C.M. (2014). Event integration, awareness, and short-term remembering. In D.S. Lindsay, C.M. Kelley, & A.P. Yonelinas (Eds.) Remembering: Attributions, Processes, and Control in Human Memory. New York: Psychology Press.


Winter 2017 - PSYC 2650 (Cognitive Psychology)

Fall 2017 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology)

Winter 2018 - PSYC 2650 (Cognitive Psychology); PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology)

Fall 2018 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology); PSYC 6940 (Discrete Variable Research Design & Statistics)

Winter 2019 - PSYC 2650 (Cognitive Psychology); PSYC 6790 (Memory & Cognition)

Fall 2019 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology); PSYC 6940 (Discrete Variable Research Design & Statistics)

Winter 2020 - PSYC 6780 (Foundations in Cognitive Science)

Fall 2020 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology)

Winter 2021 - PSYC 2650 (Cognitive Psychology); PSYC 6790 (Memory & Cognition)

Fall 2021 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology); PSYC 6940 (Discrete Variable Research Design & Statistics)

Winter 2022 - PSYC 6780 (Foundations in Cognitive Science)

Fall 2022 - PSYC 3290 (Conducting Statistical Analyses in Psychology)

Winter 2023 - PSYC 2650 (Cognitive Psychology); PSYC 6790 (Memory & Cognition)