Remember Me? A Field Study on Memory Biases in Academia

Michele Belot, Marina Schroeder

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


Are some people more memorable than others? We conduct an experiment in a real work setting academia. A month after two international conferences, participants are asked to recall presenters names, institutions and the papers they presented. We find that people recall distinctive 'minority' attributes of presenters (such as being female or non-white) and better recall identities of ethnic minorities. In contrast, academic achievements have little explanatory power on the probability of being remembered. These findings provide evidence for a potential value of standing out and have implications for our understanding of the formation of professional networks.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh School of Economics Discussion Paper Series
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Publication series

NameESE Discussion Papers


  • memory
  • discrimination
  • field experiments
  • C93
  • D83
  • J15
  • J16


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