David C. Rubin
Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Education & Training
Ph.D., Harvard University 1974
Please refer to the Rubin Lab website
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, Deffler, SA, and Umanath, S. "Scenes enable a sense of reliving: Implications for autobiographical memory." Cognition 183 (February 2019): 44-56. Full Text
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 47.1 (January 2019): 63-75. 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 (November 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
Rubin, DC. "A basic systems account of trauma memories in PTSD: is more needed?." 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.
Sheen, M, Kemp, S, and Rubin, DC. "Twins dispute memory ownership: a new false memory phenomenon." Readings in Cognitive Psychology: Applications, Connections, and Individual Differences. Ed. MB Robinson-Riegler and GL Robinson-Riegler. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2004.
Behavioral and Physiology in Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2015 to 2020
Training Autobiographical Memory Retrieval in Healthy Older Adults Using Novel Lifelogging Technology awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2020
A Model of Autobiographical Memory & Its Changes in PTSD awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2016
Behavior And Physiology In Aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 1999 to 2015
The Effects of Repeated Retrieval on Autobiographical Memories awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015
Neural Correlates of Autobiographical Memory awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (Principal Investigator). 2004 to 2010
The Relationship Between Memory, Stress, and Health awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (Principal Investigator). 2002 to 2005
Memory, Language, Culture awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1999 to 2005
Neuroimaging of Autobiographical Memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2004
(98-0442) Cultural Effects on Retention in Autobiographical Memory awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1999
Annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series,. Unknown. November 2009