Eric Eich

Head of Department of Psychology
Editorial Board of Psychological Science


Phone: 604 822-3078

Web page: Currently under revision



  • PhD in cognitive psychology University of Toronto in 1979


  • Mood congruence
  • Bipolar affective illness
  • Cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder
  • Field and observer memory

Research Interests

Eich’s work is chiefly concerned with the interplay between cognitive and emotional processes. Some of his more specific research interests include: mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering; memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness; the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder; and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories.


Selected Publications

Eich, E., & Handy, T.C. (in preparation). The cognitive neuroscience of field and observer memories. Annals of the New York Academy of Science/The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2012 (invited article).

Eich, E., & Forgas, J.P. (in preparation). Mood, cognition, and memory revisited. In A.F. Healy & R.W. Proctor (Eds.), Experimental Psychology. Volume 4 in I.B. Weiner (Editor-in-Chief), Handbook of psychology, 2nd Ed. New York: Wiley.

Eich, E., Nelson, A.L., Leghari, M.A., & Handy, T.C. (2009). Neural systems mediating field and observer memories. Neuropsychologia, 47, 2239-2251.

Eich, E., Geraerts, E., Schooler, J.W., & Forgas, J.P. (2008). Memory in and about affect. In H.L. Roediger, III (Ed.), Cognitive psychology of memory. Vol. 2 of Learning and memory: A comprehensive reference, 4 volumes (J. Byrne, Editor), pp.240-257. Oxford: Elsevier.

Jeffries, L.M., Smilek, D., Eich, E., & Enns, J.T. (2008). Emotional valence and arousal interact in the attentional blink. Psychological Science, 19, 290-295.

Eich, E. (2008). Mood and memory at 26: Revisiting the idea of mood mediation in drug-dependent and place-dependent memory. In M.A. Gluck, J.R. Anderson, S.M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Memory and mind: Festschrift for Gordon Bower (pp.247-260). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Eich, E., Ng, J.T.W., Macaulay, D., Percy, A.D., & Grebneva, I. (2007). Combining music with thought to change mood. In J.A. Coan & J.B. Allen (Eds.), The handbook of emotion elicitation and assessment (pp.124-136). New York: Oxford University Press.

Eich, E. (2007). In H.L. Roediger, III, Y. Dudai, & S.M. Fitzpatrick (Eds), Science of Memory: Concepts (pp.107-110). New York: Oxford.

Eich, E., & Macaulay, D. (2006). Cognitive and clinical perspectives on mood dependent memory (pp.105-121). In J.P. Forgas (Ed.), Affect in social thinking and behavior. New York: Psychology Press.

McIsaac, H., & Eich, E. (2004). Vantage point in traumatic memory. Psychological Science, 15, 248-253.


Courses Taught

PSYC 309B Cognitive Processes
PSYC 333 Multiple Perspectives on Memory I: Historical, Clinical, and Cognitive/Cognitive Neuroscience Perspectives
PSYC 334 Multiple Perspectives on Memory II: Affective, Developmental, Social, and Forensic Perspectives


A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Royal Society of Canada, and the Western Psychological Association, Eich is a recipient of the UBC Killam Research Prize (2001) and a two-time winner of the Knox Master Teacher award (1991 and 1997).