Lara Jones

Lara Jones

Associate Professor
Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience Area Chair


Rm. 8306.4  (8th floor of 5057 Woodward)

Curriculum vitae


Lara Jones

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Verbal Analogy; Relational representation in priming and memory

  • Individual differences in creativity and Smartphone use as predictors of reasoning and other cognitive processes

  • Narcissism and self-esteem as predictors of self-related memory


Most of my research focuses on the relational representation and inference in word pairs (e.g., a WOOL SWEATER is a sweater composed of wool). My current research program focuses on verbal analogy and the predictors of performance on verbal analogy and other reasoning tasks.

My more recent research has investigated various aspects of analogy items including the format (2-terms vs. 3-terms in the analogical stem, semantic distance (similar domains, PLATINUM : NECKLACE :: GOLD : EARRING, vs. different domains (e.g., LEATHER : SADDLE :: GOLD : EARRING), and distracter salience (the extent to which the incorrect answer option is associated with the C-term (e.g., SILVER shares a strong association with GOLD and would therefore be a more salient distracter option).

In addition to this primary area, my research program also investigates the impact of individual differences on various cognitive processes: (1)  Narcissism and self-esteem as personality variables that influence memory about the self; (2) Creativity, crystallized intelligence, autistic traits, and working memory on verbal analogy and non-verbal relational reasoning tasks; (3) Smartphone use on valence perception.


  • Ph.D., Psychology (Cognitive-Experimental Program), University of Georgia, 2007
  • M.S., Psychology (Cognitive-Experimental Program), University of Georgia, 2004
  • B.S., Psychology (Minor: Cognitive Science), University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2002
  • Masters in Human Resources, University of South Carolina, 1997
  • B.S., Human Nutrition & Foods, Virginia Tech, 1995

Selected publications

Jones, L. L., Norville, G. A., & Wright, A. M. (2017). Narcissism, self-esteem, and the phenomenology of autobiographical memory. Memory, 25, 800-815.

Jones, L. L., & Estes, Z. (2015). Convergent and divergent thinking in verbal analogy. Thinking & Reasoning, 21, 473-500.

Mather, E., Jones, L. L., & Estes, Z. (2014). Priming by relational integration in perceptual identification and Stroop colour naming. Journal of Memory and Language, 71, 57-70.

Jones, L. L., & Brunell, A. B. (2014). Clever and crude but not kind: Narcissism, self-esteem, and the self-reference effect. Memory, 22, 307-322.

Jones, L. L., & Golonka, S. (2012). Different influences on lexical priming for integrative, thematic, and taxonomic relations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6:205.

Jones, L. L., & Estes, Z. (2012). Lexical priming: Associative, semantic, and thematic influences on word recognition. In J. S. Adelman (Ed.), Word Recognition (Vol. 2). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Best, J., Miller, P. H., & Jones, L. L. (2009). Executive functioning after age 5: Changes and correlates. Developmental Review, 29, 180-200.

Jones, L. L., Estes, Z., & Marsh, R. L. (2008). An asymmetric effect of relational integration on recognition memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 1169-1176.

Currently teaching

  • PSY 2030 (formerly PSY 3010), Statistical Methods in Psychology  (Undergraduate), Fall 2020

  • PSY 3080, Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes (Undergraduate), Fall 2019 & Winter 2020

  • PSY 7080, Human Cognition (Graduate, Fall 2019)

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