John Wixted

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Wixted's research is concerned with the understanding of episodic memory. Much of his work investigates the cognitive mechanisms that underlie recognition memory, often using signal detection theory as a guide. A related line of research investigates how episodic memory is represented in the human hippocampus, work that is based mainly on single-unit recording studies performed with epilepsy patients. In recent years, his research has also investigated the applied implications of signal detection-based models of recognition memory. The main focus of this line of research is on the reliability of eyewitness memory.


Updated 1/10/18

    • Wixted, J. T. & Wells, G. L. (2017).  The Relationship between Eyewitness Confidence and Identification Accuracy: A New Synthesis. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 18, 10-65.
    • Wixted, J. T., Squire, L. R.,  Jang, Y., Papesh, M. H., Goldinger, S. D., Kuhn, J. R., Smith, K. A., Treiman, D. M. & Steinmetz, P. N. (2014). Sparse and distributed coding of episodic memory in neurons of the human hippocampus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 9621-9626.
    • Ingram, K. M., Mickes, L. & Wixted, J. T. (2012). Recollection can be weak and familiarity can be strong. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 38, 325-339.


Updated 1/10/18