Nilda Karoğlu

Postgraduate Researcher


Nilda Karoğlu is a Postgraduate Researcher in the School of Psychology.

Thesis Title

Theory of Mind, sexual offending against children and cognitive distortions: An analysis of quantity and content in Theory of Mind

Key publications

  • Flowe, H. D., Colloff, M. F., Karoğlu, N., Zelek, K., Ryder, H., Humphries, J. E., Takarangi, M. K. T. (2017). The Effects of Alcohol Intoxication on Accuracy and the Confidence-Accuracy Relationship in Photographic Simultaneous Line-ups. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31 (4): 379-391. doi: 10.1002/acp.3332.
  • Flowe, H. D., & Karoğlu, N (2014). Reforming eyewitness identification evidence. Criminal Justice & Law Weekly, 78 (44).
  • Flowe, H. D., Smith, H. M. J., Karoğlu, N., Onwuegbusi, T., & Rai, L. (2014). Configural and component processing in simultaneous and sequential lineup procedures. Memory. doi: 10.1080/09658211.2015.1004350

Research interests

Nilda's primary research interest focuses on sexual offending against children. Within this field, her current research explores the relationship between Theory of Mind and sexual offending, and the role of Theory of Mind in offence-supportive cognition. She is also interested in both eyewitness memory processes and identification accuracy from line ups.  


Academic activities

  • 2014- Applied Cognition Research Assistant, University of Leicester
  • 2015- Applied Cognition Research Assistant, University of Leicester
  • 2016- Applied Research Assistant, University of Leicester
  • 2015-2016 Attended steering group meetings of the ‘National working group to improve testimony in sexual assault cases with intoxicated victims’, and built a website for the group.



Grants and Awards




  • Flowe, H., Humphries, J., Takarangi, M., Zelek, K., Karoğlu, N., Gabbert, F., & Hope, L. (2019). An experimental examination of the effects of alcohol consumption and exposure to misleading post event information on remembering a hypothetical rape scenario. Applied Cognitive Psychology. doi:10.1002/acp.3531
    We experimentally examined the effects of alcohol consumption and exposure to misleading postevent information on memory for a hypothetical interactive rape scenario. We used a 2 beverage (alcohol vs. tonic water) × 2 expectancy (told alcohol vs. told tonic) factorial design. Participants (N = 80) were randomly assigned to conditions. They consumed alcohol (mean blood alcohol content = 0.06%) or tonic water before engaging in the scenario. Alcohol expectancy was controlled by telling participants they were consuming alcohol or tonic water alone, irrespective of the actual beverage they were consuming. Approximately a week later, participants were exposed to a misleading postevent narrative and then recalled the scenario and took a recognition test. Participants who were told that they had consumed alcohol rather than tonic reported fewer correct details, but they were no more likely to report incorrect or misleading information. The confidence–accuracy relationship for control and misled items was similar across groups, and there was some evidence that metacognitive discrimination was better for participants who were told that they had consumed alcohol compared with those told they had tonic water. Implications for interviewing rape victims are discussed.
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