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David C. Rubin, Juanita M. Kreps Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

David C. Rubin
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Office Phone:  (919) 660-5732
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Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • Psy 450s.01, Trauma and memory Synopsis
    Soc/psych 312a, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • Psy 451s.01, Autobiographical memory Synopsis
    Allen 306, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Ph.D. Harvard University1974
M.A.Harvard University1972
Special StudentMassachusetts Inst. of Technology1969
BSCarnegie-Mellon University1968

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Interests:

Please refer to the Rubin Lab website

Click here for .pdf links to my publications

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.


Curriculum Vitae
Postdocs Mentored

  • Christin Ogle (2010 - present)
  • Andrew Butler (2012 - present)
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Rubin, DC (1995). Memory in Oral Traditions The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes.. Oxford University Press.  (Awarded the American Association of Publishers' Best New Professional/Scholarly Book in Psychology for 1995 and William James Award from American Psychological Association. Paperback edition, 1997.)  [abs]
  2. (1996). Remembering Our Past Studies in Autobiographical Memory.. Cambridge University Press.  (Paperback edition.)  [abs]
  3. (2005). Cognitive Methods and Their Application to Clinical Research.. American Psychological Association Press.  (Amy Wenzel did her honors thesis with me. She is now a clinical psychologist and assistant professor.)
  4. Rubin, DC; Berntsen, D; Bohni, MK (2008). A memory-based model of posttraumatic stress disorder: evaluating basic assumptions underlying the PTSD diagnosis.. Psychological Review, 115(4), 985-1011. [18954211], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Rubin, DC; Boals, A; Berntsen, D (2008). Memory in posttraumatic stress disorder: properties of voluntary and involuntary, traumatic and nontraumatic autobiographical memories in people with and without posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 137(4), 591-614. [18999355], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Rubin, DC (2006). The Basic-Systems Model of Episodic Memory. Perspectives on Psychological Science : a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, 1(4), 277-311. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  7. Daselaar, SM; Rice, HJ; Greenberg, DL; Cabeza, R; LaBar, KS; Rubin, DC (2008). The spatiotemporal dynamics of autobiographical memory: neural correlates of recall, emotional intensity, and reliving.. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 18(1), 217-229. [17548799], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Berntsen, D; Rubin, DC (2006). The centrality of event scale: a measure of integrating a trauma into one's identity and its relation to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 44(2), 219-231. [repository], [doi]  [abs]
  9. Talarico, JM; Rubin, DC (2003). Confidence, not consistency, characterizes flashbulb memories.. Psychological Science, 14(5), 455-461. [12930476], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Rubin, DC; Greenberg, DL (1998). Visual memory-deficit amnesia: a distinct amnesic presentation and etiology.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 95(9), 5413-5416. [9560290], [doi]  [abs]
  11. Skotko, BG; Rubin, DC; Tupler, LA (2008). H.M.'s personal crossword puzzles: understanding memory and language.. Memory (Hove, England), 16(2), 89-96. [18286414], [doi]  [abs]

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