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Juliana Leding


Juliana Leding      


Office: Building 51, Room 3207

Research Interests

My research investigates aspects of human memory, including how true and false memories are formed, as well as evolutionary underpinnings of the human memory system.

Areas of Expertise

Cognitive psychology; human memory; false memory, including eyewitness identification; adaptive memory and the animacy effect; individual differences and false memories. 

Selected Publications

Leding, J. K. (2020). Animacy and threat in recognition memory. Memory & Cognition, 48, 788-799.
Leding, J. K., & Antonio, L. (2019). Need for Cognition and discrepancy detection in the misinformation effect. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31, 409-415.
Leding, J. K. (2019). The animacy advantage: Animacy, threat, and attention in free recall. Memory & Cognition, 47, 383-394.
Leding, J. K. (2019). Intentional memory and online data collection: A test of the effects of animacy and threat on episodic memory. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 31, 4-15.
Leding, J. K. (2018). The animacy advantage in memory: Manipulations of levels of processing and survival processing. American Journal of Psychology, 131, 273-281.

Short Biography

I am an experimental psychologist with a focus on cognitive psychology and human memory. I am interested in factors that lead to the creation and avoidance of true and false memories. Recently I have explored the relationship between false memories and individual differences, such as working memory capacity and Need for Cognition. I am also interested in evolutionary explanations for human memory processes, including the survival processing advantage and the animacy effect.


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Arkansas

M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Arkansas

B.A., Psychology, Hendrix College