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Psychological Sciences Faculty

James NairneJames Nairne

Reece McGee Distinguished Professor, Cognitive

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 3152

E-mail: nairne@psych.purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-5847
Website: http://www1.psych.purdue.edu/~nairne/home.html


Degree: Ph.D Yale, 1981

Research Interests:

Our laboratory investigates basic memory processes. Our experiments are currently testing whether our memory systems are “tuned” to solve adaptive problems from our ancestral past.

Adaptive Memory Lab

Recent Publications:

Nairne, J. S., Pandeirada, J. N. S., Gregory, K. J., & Van Arsdall, J. E. (2009) Adaptive memory: Fitness-relevance and the hunter-gatherer mind. Psychological Science, 20, 740-746.

Nairne, J. S., & Pandeirada, J. N. S. (2010). Adaptive memory: Ancestral priorities and the mnemonic value of survival processing. Cognitive Psychology, 61, 1-22.

Nairne, J. S., & Pandeirada, J. N. S. (2010). Adaptive memory: Nature’s criterion and the functionalist agenda. American Journal of Psychology, 123, 381-390.

Nairne, J. S. (2010). Adaptive memory: Evolutionary constraints on remembering. In B. H. Ross (Ed). The psychology of learning and motivation (Vol 53, pp 1-32). Burlington: Academic Press.

Nairne, J. S., & Pandeirada, J.N.S. (2010). Memory functions. In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini’s encyclopedia of psychology (4th edition, Vol 3, pp. 977-979). New York: Wiley.

Nairne, J. S., & Pandeirada, J. N. S. (2011). Congruity effects in the survival processing paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 37, 539-549.

Nairne, J. S., Vasconselos, M., & Pandeirada, J. N. S. (2011). Adaptive memory and learning. In N. M. Seel (Ed.). Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (pp. 118-121). New York: Springer.

Poirier, M., Nairne, J. S., Morin, C., Zimmerman, F. G. S., Koutmeridou, K., & Fowler, J. (2012). Memory as discrimination: A challenge to the encoding-retrieval match principle. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 38, 16-29.

Nairne, J. S., VanArsdall, J. E., Pandeirada, J. N. S., & Blunt, J. R. (2012). Adaptive memory: Enhanced location memory after survival processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 38, 495-501.

Wesselmann, E. D., Nairne, J. S., & Williams, K. D. (2012). An evolutionary social psychological approach to studying the effects of ostracism. Journal of Social Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 6, 309-328.

Nairne, J. S., & Neath, I. (2012). Sensory and working memory. In A. F. Healy & R. W. Proctor (Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology (2nd Edition; pp. 419- 445). New York: Wiley.