Diana Selmeczy, Ph.D.

Diana Selmeczy, Ph.D.

Diana Selmeczy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology
COLU 4021

Professional Experience

Dr. Selmeczy joined the Psychology Department in Fall of 2019. Her research program focuses on understanding 1.) how individuals introspect on their memory and how these thoughts guide decision-making, 2.) the environmental and contextual factors that influence memory decisions, and 3.) how these abilities develop throughout the lifespan, particularly during childhood. Her research has been funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Research Opportunities

​​​​​​Dr. Selmeczy is currently accepting both graduate and undergraduate students and invites students to contact her with any questions.

Here are some things you will gain from joining Dr. Selmeczy’s lab:

  • experience working in a research laboratory including designing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, and opportunities to present your work at academic conferences and in peer reviewed journal publications 
  • experience working with children and families in a professional setting
  • experience learning computer and programming skills 
  • knowledge about developmental and cognitive psychology
  • a professional reference and letter of recommendation 

Areas of Interest

Development, Memory, Decision-Making & Metacognition


  • PSY 3620 - Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 4620 - Seminar in Developmental Psychology


  • Ph.D., Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014
  • M.A., Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2011
  • B.S., University of California, Davis, 2008

Representative Publications

Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Diana_Selmeczy/publications

  • Leckey, Sarah, Diana Selmeczy, Alireza Kazemi, Elliott G. Johnson, Emily Hembacher, and Simona Ghetti. "Response latencies and eye gaze provide insight on how toddlers gather evidence under uncertainty." Nature Human Behaviour 4, no. 9 (2020): 928-936. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0913-y   
  • Porter, Tenelle, Karina Schumann, Diana Selmeczy, and Kali Trzesniewski. "Intellectual humility predicts mastery behaviors when learning." Learning and Individual Differences 80 (2020): 101888. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2020.101888
  • Selmeczy, D., Fandakova, Y., Grimm, K. J., Bunge, S. A., & Ghetti, S. (2019). Longitudinal trajectories of hippocampal and prefrontal contributions to episodic retrieval: Effects of age and puberty. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 36, 100599. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2018.10.003
  • Selmeczy, D., & Ghetti, S. (2019). Here is a hint! How children integrate reliable recommendations in their memory decisions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 177, 222–239. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2018.08.004
  • Fandakova, Y., Selmeczy, D., Leckey, S., Grimm, K. J., Wendelken, C., Bunge, S. A., & Ghetti, S. (2017). Changes in ventromedial prefrontal and insular cortex support the development of metamemory from childhood into adolescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 13, 201703079. http://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1703079114
  • Selmeczy, D., & Dobbins, I. G. (2017). Ignoring memory hints: The stubborn influence of environmental cues on recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 43(9), 1448–1469. http://doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000383
  • Konkel, A.*, Selmeczy, D.,* & Dobbins, I. G. (2015). They can take a hint: Older adults effectively integrate memory cues during recognition. Psychology and Aging, 30(4), 781–794. http://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000058 *joint first authorship
  • Selmeczy, D., & Dobbins, I. G. (2014). Relating the content and confidence of recognition judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40(1), 66–85. doi:10.1037/a0034059
  • Selmeczy, D., Dobbins, I. G. (2013) Metacognitive awareness and adaptive recognition biases. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39(3), 678–690. doi: 10.1037/a0029469
  • Jaeger, A., Selmeczy, D., O’Connor, A. R., Diaz, M. D., Dobbins, I. G. (2012) Differential fronto-parietal recruitment during controlled memory judgment in adolescents and young adults. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3745–3756. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.10.022
  • Jaeger, A., Lauris, P., Selmeczy, D., & Dobbins, I. G. (2011). The costs and benefits of memory conformity. Memory & Cognition, 40(1), 101–112.  doi:10.3758/s13421-011-0130-z

Curriculum Vitae