William Blake Erickson

William Blake Erickson
Postdoctoral Fellow
9A McAlester Hall
Research Interests: 

William Blake Erickson, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral fellow at the Memory and Cognitive Aging Laboratory at the University of Missouri.  His research interests include cognitive aging, working memory, face recognition, and eyewitness testimony.  Of current interest is the examination of how the human face recognition system identifies and recognizes faces that have aged significantly since their last viewing.  He is also developing a research program examining how attention binds eyewitness events such as crimes.  

He has published in journals such as Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, and the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.  He also contributes to the PsychGeeks series of books examining psychological concepts found in popular science fiction, fantasy, and comic books franchises.  


Through guided independence, I foster enthusiasm about material, build scientific literacy and technical expertise, and make sure that students understand the real-world importance of the course topics and their own independent research.


Doctor of Philosophy (August 2016), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, Experimental Psychology with focus on cognition

Master of Arts (May 2012), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, Experimental Psychology with focus on cognition

Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, Honors College graduate (May 2009), Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR., psychology major, communication minor

Selected Publications: 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Erickson, W. B., Lampinen, J. M., Frowd, C. D., & Mahoney, G. (2017). When age-progressed images are unreliable: The roles of external features and age range. Science & Justice57(2), 136-143.

Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., & Moore, K.N. (2016). Eyewitness identifications by younger and older adults: A meta-analysis and discussion. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31, 108-121.

Lampinen, J.M., Curry, C.R., & Erickson, W.B. (2016). Prospective person memory: The role of self-efficacy, personal interaction, and multiple images in recognition of wanted persons. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 31, 59-70.

Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., Wooten, A., Wetmore, S., & Neuschatz, J. (2016). When snitches corroborate: Post-identification feedback from a potentially compromised source. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 23, 148-160.

Frowd, C. D., Erickson, W. B., Lampinen, J. M., Skelton, F. C., McIntyre, A. H., & Hancock, P. J. (2015). A decade of evolving composites: regression-and meta-analysis. Journal of Forensic Practice, 17, 319-334.

Lampinen, J.M., Erickson, W.B., Frowd, C.D., & Mahoney, G. (2015). Mighty morphin’ age progression. Psychology, Crime, & Law, 21, 952-967.

Lampinen, J. M., Roush, A., Erickson, W. B., Moore, K. N., & Race, B. (2015). The effects of simulated distance on recognition of same race and other race faces. Visual Cognition, 23, 678-698.

Erickson, W.B., Lampinen, J.M., & Leding, J.K. (2014). The weapon focus effect in target‐present and target‐absent line‐ups: The roles of threat, novelty, and timing. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 349-359.

Lampinen, J.M., Erickson, W.B., Moore, K.N., & Hittson, A. (2014). Effects of distance on face recognition: implications for eyewitness identification. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 21, 1489-1494.

Conference Proceedings/Published Abstracts

Frowd, C. D., Underwood, S., Athwal, P., Lampinen, J. M. Erickson, W. B., Mahony, G., and Marsh, J. E. (in press).  Facial stereotypes and perceived mental illness. In A. Stoica, et al. (Eds.) IEEE Proceedings of 2015 Sixth International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies, 3-5 September 2015, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany, IEEE Press.

Frowd, C.D., Erickson, W.B., & Lampinen, J.M. (2014). Locating missing persons using age-progression images from forensic artists. In: A. Stoica, D. Zarzhitsky, G. Howells, C. Frowd, K. McDonald-Maier, A. Erdogan, and T. Arslan (Eds) IEEE Proceedings of 2014 Fifth International Conference on Emerging Security Technologies.

Popular Writing

Mastin, J., & Erickson, W.B. (2017). The family addictions: Saving people, hunting things. In T. Langley (Ed.), Supernatural psychology: Roads less traveled. New York: Sterling.

Erickson, W.B. & Blanchar, J. (2017). Four quadrants, many beings: Group dynamics in the federation and beyond. In T. Langley (Ed.), Star Trek psychology: The mental frontier. New York: Sterling.

Erickson, W.B. & Weatherford, D.R. (2016). All poor problem solvsers makers must die: Winning and losing the “Game of Thrones”. In T. Langley (Ed.), Game of thrones and psychology: The mind is dark and full of terrors. New York: Sterling.

Erickson, W.B. & Blanchar, J. (2015). Apocalyptic stress: causes and consequences of stress at the end of the world. In T. Langley (Ed.), The walking dead psychology: Psych of the living dead. New York: Sterling.