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Johnathan Wixted
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John Wixted is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCSD. He received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Psychology from UC San Diego in 1981 and then went on to earn a Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from Emory University in 1987. In 1988, he returned to UCSD as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, where he rose through the ranks and eventually completed a 10-year term as department chair. Although clinically trained, his research has always been concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of human memory, which he investigates from a variety of different perspectives. In recent years, his work has focused on signal-detection analyses of recognition memory, the neuroscience of memory and amnesia, and eyewitness memory in the real world. His eyewitness identification research has focused mainly on (1) the diagnostic accuracy of simultaneous vs. sequential lineups and (2) the (surprisingly high) information-value of eyewitness confidence. Professionally, he has served as editor-in-chief of the Psychonomic Society's flagship journal (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review), and he recently completed a term as an associate editor of one of experimental psychology's leading journals (Psychological Review). Currently, he is serving as chief editor of the upcoming 5-volume new edition of the venerable Stevens' Handbook, which will have a new name: the Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. In recognition of his achievements, he has received numerous teaching awards over the years, and in 2011 he was the recipient of a prestigious award for distinction in contemporary research, the Howard Crosby Warren Medal.


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John Wixted
Associate Professor of Psychology

Wixted Memory Laboratory
Department of Psychology -McGill 5316
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0109


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