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Saoirse Connor Desai

Department of Psychology

Decision Making and Behavioural Economics Research Group, Human Memory Research Group

E: saoirse.connor-desai@city.ac.uk

Thesis title: The effect of corrected information on later judgements and reasoning

Supervisors: Dr Stian Reimers and Professor Peter Ayton.


My research applies experimental methods to understanding how people reason and make judgements about corrected or discredited or corrected information (i.e., mistaken or inaccurate information) and the cognitive mechanisms involved in this process.

The main focus of my PhD involves applying a the Continued Influence Effect paradigm - a classic reasoning and memory task – to exploring the factors are involved in discounting discredited or corrected information. Alongside work on corrected information, I am involved in projects applying Bayesian networks to modelling how people integrate testimonies from different sources.

Research interests

  • Reasoning, judgement and decision making
  • Social cognition
  • Motivated reasoning
  • Belief updating / memory editing
  • Legal reasoning


  • Dhami, Goodman-Delahunty & Desai (2017) Development of an information sheet providing rapport advice for interpreters in police interviews, Police Practice and Research, 18:3, 291-305, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2017.1291580
  • Connor Desai, S., Reimers, S & Lagnado, D. (2016). Consistency and credibility in legal reasoning: A Bayesian network approach. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

Conference Presentations

  • Connor Desai, S., & Lagnado, D. (2016). Consistency and credibility in legal reasoning: A Bayesian network approach:
    • International Conference on Thinking, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (August)
    • Coherence-Based Approaches to Decision Making, Cognition, and Communication, Berlin, Germany (July)
  • Connor Desai, S., & Lagnado, D. (2015). How jurors assess the strength and reliability of testimonial evidence:
    • Birmingham PhD Decision Making Workshop, Stirling, Scotland, UK (October)
    • Stirling PhD conference in Behavioural Science, Stirling, Scotland, UK (June)


  • Madsen, J.K., Connor Desai, S., Harris, A., & Lagnado, D (2016). Can a Bayes’ Net approach capture intuitive use of sequential testimonies in a legal reasoning paradigm? Poster accepted to 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Connor Desai, S., & Lagnado, D. (2015). That’s not the whole story: Legal judgments and evidence reliability, Poster presented at The 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Pasadena, California, USA

Awards and Grants:

  • September 2014: PhD studentship, City University London
  • July 2015: Grindley Grant, Experimental Psychology Society
  • September 2016: Travel Grant, British Psychology Society, Cognitive Section


  • PS1002 Professional and Academic Skills for Psychologists
  • PS2001 Research Methods in Psychology