Daniel Bernstein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Bernstein an Assistant Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada.  Dr. Bernstein combines cognitive and perceptual science with developmental science in a line of collaborative studies with Geoffrey Loftus (Cognitive science), Andrew Meltzoff and Cristina Atance (Developmental science). One set of studies investigates the relationship between theory of mind and hindsight bias — when privileged knowing biases one's understanding of one's own or another's naive knowledge. Another line of studies investigates the development of perceptual interference — when exposure to degraded forms of a stimulus interfere with one's ability to identify the stimulus. In these studies, 3- to 5-year-old children and college students complete the identical task, thus permitting a direct comparison of performance between preschool children and adults..


Educational Background

University of California – Berkeley, B.A.
Brock University, M.A.
Simon Fraser University, Ph. D.

Academic Positions Held

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Assistant Professor, 2007-Present


Atance, C.M., Bernstein, D.M., & Meltzoff, A.N. (2010). Thinking about false belief: It’s not just what children say, but how long it takes them to say it. Cognition, 116, 297-301.

Strange, D., Garry, M., Bernstein, D.M., & Lindsay, D.S. (2010). Photographs cause false memories for the news. Acta Psychologica.

Bernstein, D.M., Godfrey, D.R., & Loftus, E.F. (2009). False Memories: The role of plausibility and Bernstein,D.M.,Erdfelder,, E., Meltzoff, A.N., Peria, W., & Loftus, G.R. (2011). Hindsight bias from 3 to 95 years of age. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. autobiographical belief. In K. Markman, W. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.). Handbook of Imagination and Mental Stimulation (pp. 89-102). New York: Psychology Press.

Bernstein, D.M., & Loftus, E.F. (2009). How to tell if a particular memory is true or false. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 370-374.

Bernstein, D.M., & Loftus, E.F. (2009). The consequences of false memory for food preferences and choices. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 135-139.

Bernstein, D.M., Rudd, M.E., Erdfelder, E., Godfrey, R., & Loftus, E.F. (2009). The revelation effect for autobiographical memory: A mixture model analysis. Psychonomic Bulletin, & Review, 16, 463-468

Geraerts, E., Bernstein, D.M., Merckelbach, H., Linders, C., Raymaekers, L., Loftus E.F. (2008). Lasting false beliefs and their behavioral consequences. Psychological Science, 19(8), 749-753.

Bernstein, D.M., Atance, C., Meltzoff, A.N., & Loftus, G.R. (2007). Hindsight bias and developing theories of mind. Child Development, 78, 1374-1394.

Bernstein, D.M., & Harley, E.M. (2007). Fluency misattribution and visual hindsight bias. Memory, 15, 548-560.

Birch, S.A.J., & Bernstein, D.M. (2007). What children can tell us about hindsight bias: A fundamental constraint on perspective taking? Social Cognition, 25, 98-113.

Kronlund, A., & Bernstein, D.M. (2006). Unscrambling words increases brand name recognition and preference. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 681-687.

Bernstein, D.M., Laney, C., Morris, E.K., & Loftus, E.F. (2005). False beliefs about fattening foods can have healthy consequences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 13724-13731.

Bernstein, D.M. (2005). Making sense of memory. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 199-208.

Bernstein, D.M., Laney, C., Morris, E.K., & Loftus, E.F. (2005). False memories about food can produce food avoidance. Social Cognition, 23, 11-34.

Bernstein, D.M., Loftus, G.R. & Meltzoff, A. (2005). Object identification in preschool children and adults. Developmental Science, 8, 151-161.

Bernstein, D.M., Atance, C., Loftus, G.R. & Meltzoff, A. (2004). We saw it all along: Visual hindsight bias in children and adults. Psychological Science, 15, 264-267.

Bernstein, D.M., Godfrey, R., Davison, A., & Loftus, E.F. (2004). Conditions affecting the revelation effect for autobiographical memory. Memory & Cognition, 32, 455-462.

Bernstein, D.M. (2002). Information processing difficulty long after self-reported concussion. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 673-682.