Lawrence Patihis, M.A.



Degree Program: 

Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior




Human episodic and autobiographical memory, including memory distortions and emotional memory. Other interests: general memory research, clinical, cognitive, and social psychology.

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Patihis, L., Frenda, S. J., LePort, A. K. R., Petersen, N., Nichols, R. M., Stark, C. E. L., McGaugh, J. L., & Loftus, E. F. (2013). False memories in highly superior autobiographical memory individuals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110, 20947–20952. doi:10.1073/pnas.1314373110

Patihis, L., Ho, L. Y., Tingen, I. W., Lilienfeld, S. O., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). Are the “memory wars” over? A scientist-practitioner gap in beliefs about repressed memory. Psychological Science, 25, 519-530. doi: 10.1177/0956797613510718 (Supplemental Materials)

Patihis, L., Lilienfeld, S. O., Ho, L. Y., & Loftus, E. F. (in press). Unconscious repressed memory is scientifically questionable. Psychological Science.

Patihis, L. (in press). Let's be skeptical about reconsolidation and emotional arousal in therapy. Brain & Behavioral Sciences.

Frenda, S. J., Patihis, L., Loftus, E. F., Lewis, H. C., & Fenn, K. M. (in press). Sleep deprivation and false memories. Psychological Science.

Petersen, N., Patihis, L., & Nielsen, S. E. (in press). Decreased susceptibility to false memories from misinformation in hormonal contraception users. Memory.


Wylie*, L. E., Patihis*, L., McCuller, L. L., Davis, D., Brank, E. M., Loftus, E. F., & Bornstein, B. H. (2014). Misinformation effects in older versus younger adults: A meta-analysis and review. In M. P. Toglia, D. F. Ross, J. Pozzulo, & E. Pica (Eds) The Elderly Eyewitness in Court, UK: Psychology Press. *First two authors contributed equally with sequence chosen by reverse alphabetical order. [at Amazon (US) (UK)Waterstones (UK)]  (Read here on Google Books)

Other publications:

Patihis, L., Oh, J. S., & Mogilner, T. (in press). Phoneme discrimination of an unrelated language: Evidence for a narrow transfer but not a broad-based bilingual advantage. International Journal of Bilingualism.

Patihis, L., Davis, D., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). Memory. In T. R. Levine (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Deception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Patihis, L., Davis, D., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). Repressed memory. In T. R. Levine (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Deception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Patihis, L., Tingen, I. W., & Loftus, E. F. (2013). Memory myths. Catalyst: Secondary Science Review, 23, 6–8.

Cochran, K. J., Patihis, L., Frenda, S. J., & Mogilner, T. (2014). Photographs (Altered). In T. R. Levine (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Deception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Tingen, I. W., Patihis, L. & Dunbar, A. J. (2014). Source credibility. In T. R. Levine (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Deception. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Interests (cont): Is there a type of person that is particularly vulnerable to false memories? In other words, is there a kind of false-memory-personality trait?  The flip side of this is a crucially important question, practically speaking, and that is: Is anyone immune from memory distortions?  Should anyone be exempt from the kind of caution and scrutiny that is recommended in regards to memory contamination in the judicial system and psychotherapy?  Should people, for example, with very strong memory ability be excluded from the cautionary approach to eyewitness testimony--an approach that emphasizes the fallibility and malleability of memory?

As well as memory distortion research, I have recently also been peripherally involved in one of the most interesting new developments in memory science: highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) research.

Another interest is in other practical applications related to what people believe about how memory works, because this, again, affects how memory evidence is recovered and assessed in legal and therapy settings.

In addition to practical applications, I am intrigued by various theory questions. For example, questions about the standing of, including predictive power of, various memory distortion theories (e.g. source monitoring, fuzzy trace, etc.). Another interest is in how affective adaptation and emotion appraisal theory can explain distortions in memory for past felt emotion. Also of interest is the recent spate of reconsolidation articles published in top tier journals. And a final interest in a skeptical capacity is in theories such as motivated forgetting, catharsis theory, and various views on how traumatic memory works.

Also of interest is scientific skepticism and distinguishing science from pseudoscience. I particularly like Karl Popper's suggestion that the ideal approach to science is to actively seek disconfirming evidence for falsifiable hypotheses, and like to apply this idea to both science and to critical thinking outside of the lab--for example to avoid groupthink, antilocution, etc.


University of California, Irvine

Psychology and Social Behavior

4201 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Irvine, CA 92697-7085