Nadine Stirling

I am a first year PhD student in the Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab. I initially volunteered with the Forensic and Clinical Cognition Lab while completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology. In 2020, I continued working with the Lab to complete my Honours project. My thesis focused on disentangling the effect of stress—both acute and chronic—on prospective memory performance (i.e., our memory for future intentions).

My current research aims to examine informed consent and nocebo effects within the context of trauma studies (e.g., asking participants about their past traumatic experiences). Nocebo effects can occur when people develop negative expectancies about an experience and in turn, experience these adverse events. Thus, we are investigating whether the adverse events listed in informed consent forms can create negative expectancies and subsequently, nocebo effects.