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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ben Cotterill


Office: 312-C Brackett Hall

Phone: 864-656-4974


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Educational Background

Edinburgh Napier University 2021

M.Sc. in Applied Forensic Psychology
University of York 2017

B.A. in Psychology
University of Strathclyde 2016

Courses Taught

PSYC 3090/3091 – Introductory Experimental Psychology
PSYC 3700 – Personality
PSYC 3850 – Forensic Psychology
PSYC 4890 – Neuropsychology of Criminal Behavior
PSYC 4980 – Team-Based Research

Research Interests

My research examines how individual differences in children's temperament relates to their eyewitness performance, as well as factors that impact jurors’ perceptions of witnesses. Additionally, I am interested in theories of personality, as well as psychological measurements of personality, the reliability and credibility of eyewitness testimony, and testing police procedures used with children.

Research Publications

Cotterill, B. F. (2023). Personality psychology, ideology, and voting behavior: beyond the ballot. Palgrave Macmillan.
Cotterill, B. F. (2022). Are children reliable witnesses? Palgrave Macmillan.
Cotterill, B. F. (2022). The relationship between psychological birth order position and personality type. Journal of Individual Psychology, 78(2), 238-256.
Cotterill, B. F. (2022). The impact of summaries by judges and juror characteristics on juror decision making. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 18(2).
Cotterill, B. F. (2020). Gender and suggestibility. Forensic Update, 134, 22-24.

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