David C. Rubin
Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., Harvard University 1974
My main research interest has been in long-term memory, especially for complex (or "real-world") stimuli. This work includes the study of autobiographical memory and oral traditions, as well as prose. I have also studied memory as it is more commonly done in experimental psychology laboratories using lists. In addition to this purely behavioral research, which I plan to continue, I work on memory in clinical populations with the aid of a National Institute of Mental Health grant to study PTSD and on the underlying neural basis of memory the aid of a National Institute of Aging grant to study autobiographical memory using fMRI.
Memory, autobiographical memory, PTSD, Oral traditions, neural basis of memory
Rubin, DC, Berntsen, D, Deffler, SA, and Brodar, K. "Self-narrative focus in autobiographical events: The effect of time, emotion, and individual differences." Memory & Cognition (August 24, 2018). Full Text
Gehrt, TB, Berntsen, D, Hoyle, RH, and Rubin, DC. "Psychological and clinical correlates of the Centrality of Event Scale: A systematic review." Clinical Psychology Review 65 (July 31, 2018): 57-80. (Review) Full Text
Rubin, DC. "What psychology and cognitive neuroscience know about the communicative function of memory." The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41 (January 2018): e30-null. Full Text
Hall, SA, Brodar, KE, LaBar, KS, Berntsen, D, and Rubin, DC. "Neural responses to emotional involuntary memories in posttraumatic stress disorder: Differences in timing and activity." Neuroimage. Clinical 19 (January 2018): 793-804. Full Text
Rubin, DC, Li, D, Hall, SA, Kragel, PA, and Berntsen, D. "Taking tests in the magnet: Brain mapping standardized tests." Human brain mapping 38.11 (November 2017): 5706-5725. Full Text
Ogle, CM, Siegler, IC, Beckham, JC, and Rubin, DC. "Neuroticism Increases PTSD Symptom Severity by Amplifying the Emotionality, Rehearsal, and Centrality of Trauma Memories." Journal of personality 85.5 (October 2017): 702-715. Full Text
Ogle, CM, Rubin, DC, and Siegler, IC. "Commentary-Pre- and Posttrauma Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity: Reply to van der Velden and van der Knaap (2017)." Clinical psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science 5.1 (January 2017): 146-149. Full Text
Deffler, SA, Fox, C, Ogle, CM, and Rubin, DC. "All my children: The roles of semantic category and phonetic similarity in the misnaming of familiar individuals." Memory & cognition 44.7 (October 2016): 989-999. Full Text Open Access Copy
Rubin, DC, Berntsen, D, Ogle, CM, Deffler, SA, and Beckham, JC. "Scientific evidence versus outdated beliefs: A response to Brewin (2016)." Journal of abnormal psychology 125.7 (October 2016): 1018-1021. Full Text
Ford, JH, Rubin, DC, and Giovanello, KS. "The effects of song familiarity and age on phenomenological characteristics and neural recruitment during autobiographical memory retrieval." Psychomusicology 26.3 (September 2016): 199-210. Full Text
Rubin, DC. "A basic systems account of trauma memories in PTSD: is more needed?." 2015. 41-64.
Rubin, DC. "A basic systems account of trauma memories in PTSD: is more needed?." Clinical perspective on autobiographical memory: Theories and approaches. Ed. LA Watson, D Berntsen, and DC Rubin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 41-64.
Rubin, DC, and Creenberg, DL. "The Role of Narrative in Recollection: A View from Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology." Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain. March 22, 2012. Full Text
Rubin, DC. "The basic system model of autobiographical memory." Understanding autobiographical memory: Theories and approaches. Ed. D Berntsen and DC Rubin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 11-32.
Rubin, DC. "Oral traditions as collective memories: Implications for a general theory of individual and collective memory." Memory in Mind and Culture. January 1, 2009. 273-287. Full Text
Talarico, JM, and Rubin, DC. "Flashbulb memories result from ordinary memory processes and extraordinary event characteristics." Flashbulb Memories: New Issues and New Perspectives. November 18, 2008. 79-97. Full Text
Rubin, DC, and Berntsen, D. "How Memory for Stressful Events affects Identity." Self Psychology: An approach to cognitive psychology. Ed. M Naka and K Yamashita. Tokyo: Kaneko Shobo, 2008. 118-129.
Rubin, DC. "Autobiographical memory tasks in cognitive research." Cognitive methods and their application to clinical research. Ed. A Wenzel and DC Rubin. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2005. 219-241.
Rubin, DC, and Wenzel, A. "Autobiographical memory tasks: Six common methods." Cognitive methods and their application to clinical research. Ed. A Wenzel and DC Rubin. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2005. 215-217.
Understanding autobiographical memory: Theories and approaches. Ed. D Bernsten and DC Rubin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Cognitive Methods and Their Application to Clinical Research. Ed. A Wenzel and DC Rubin. Washington DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2005.
Remembering Our Past Studies in Autobiographical Memory. Ed. DC Rubin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Rubin, DC. Memory in Oral Traditions The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Theoretical perspectives on autobiographical memory. Ed. MA Conway, DC Rubin, H Spinnler, and WA Wagenaar. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1992.
Everyday Cognition in Adulthood and Late Life. Ed. L Poon, DC Rubin, and BA Wilson. Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Autobiographical Memory. Ed. DC Rubin. Cambridge University Press, 1986.