Aaron Benjamin

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


The Human Memory and Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology uses empirical and computational approaches to understand memory function in normal and elderly human populations. Areas of particular study include: learning and memory, metacognition and metamemory, aging and cognition, and language and memory. Every act of remembering involves more than just memory. Our research interests concern the host of cognitive processes that selectively search, evaluate, interpret, organize, revise, and prioritize memory stores. The goal of our research is to understand memory use in the larger context of skilled performance -- by specifying a minimal set of operations that operate in service of translating experience into memory, and vice-versa, and then exploring the flexibility of how these basic operations are used by the cognitive system as a whole. We believe that the remarkable flexibility of memory owes not to its inherent comprehensiveness nor to a particular wealth of operations that govern the encoding or retrieval of information, but rather to the subtle control processes that operate prior and subsequent to memory access.

Research Areas

Representative Publications

Benjamin AS and Bird RD. 2006. Metacognitive control of the spacing of study repetitions. Journal of Memory and Language, 55, 126-137.

Christensen BK, Girard TA, Benjamin AS, and Vidailhet P. 2006. Evidence for impaired mnemonic strategy use among patients with schizophrenia using the part-list cuing paradigm. Schizophrenia Research, 85, 1-11.

Benjamin AS. 2006. The evolution of concepts in research on human memory. In M. Eid and Diener, E. (Eds.), Handbook of Multimethod Measurement in Psychology. (pp. 353-370). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Benjamin AS. 2005. Recognition memory and introspective remember/know judgments: Evidence for the influence of distractor plausibility on "remembering" and a caution about purportedly nonparametric measures. Memory and Cognition, 33, 261-269.

Benjamin AS. 2005. Response speeding mediates the contribution of cue familiarity and target retrievability to metamnemonic judgments. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 12, 874-879.