Degree Program: 

Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Behavior




Human episodic and autobiographical memory.

Curriculum Vitae: 

Other information: 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow          

Research Summary

I have two related lines of research: one investigating how memory works in humans, usually with somewhat ecologically valid stimuli that have real-life applications that might benefit the public (e.g. applications in everyday life, relationships, the law, and clinical psychology). The other related branch of research is on the topic of dissemination of memory research, which is also focused on the application of research for the benefit of the public.

1. Memory Research

I have researched the person-to-person generalizability of memory distortion susceptibility, and found clues of a general baseline susceptibility whereby it doesn't seem that any one type of person is especially immune.  Other studies I have been involved with augment and qualify that finding, by demonstrating that some factors do slightly moderate that overall susceptibility, such as age, hormones, and sleep. In current  work, I am investigating motivation's effect  on memory, and dissociation as a potential memory mechanism. In future work I will examine memory for emotion in applied settings of great interest to most people.

2. Dissemination of Memory Research

In the other, related, branch of research, I have investigated how memory research or expert-consensus on memory research has been disseminated to the public and practitioners of various sorts.  In this branch, we have measured beliefs about memory in a number of relevant groups, such as practitioners, researchers, and the public. In current and future work I will document the beliefs of memory experts, investigate whether beliefs about how memory works are malleable, and how this interacts with aspects of teaching and critical thinking. I will also monitor how beliefs about memory develop over a period of decades.


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed:

Patihis, L., & Younes Burton, H. J. (in press). False memories in therapy and hypnosis before 1980. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Patihis, L. (in press). Let's be skeptical about reconsolidation and emotional arousal in therapy. Brain & Behavioral Sciences. (brief commentary on Lane et al.)

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

Patihis, L., Lilienfeld, S. O., Ho, L. Y., & Loftus, E. F. (2014). Unconscious repressed memory is scientifically questionable. Psychological Science, 25, 1967-1968.

Frenda, S. J., Patihis, L., Loftus, E. F., Lewis, H. C., & Fenn, K. M. (2014). Sleep deprivation and false memories. Psychological Science, 25, 1674-1681.

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. (Supplemental Materials)

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.


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.

Writing for a broader professional/general public readership:

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.

Writing for a younger general public readership:

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


Additional Information

I am currently a final-year doctoral candidate at UC Irvine. In August, 2015, I will become an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The USM psychology department is ranked in the top 200 in the nation by US News, out of the thousands of colleges in the US.  USM grants doctoral degrees, including in experimental psychology, and has three APA accreditations in counselling, school, and clinical psychology. USM is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as a "Research University" with "High Research Activity."  USM also ranks in the top 100 universities, according to Washington Monthlyin the number of bachelor’s recipients who go on to receive PhDs (relative to school size).


University of California, Irvine

Psychology and Social Behavior

4201 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Irvine, CA 92697-7085