Lara Jones

Lara Jones

Associate Professor


Rm. 8306.4  (8th floor of 5057 Woodward)

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Lara Jones

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Relational representation in priming and memory, Verbal Analogy, Creativity, Executive Functioning

  • 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 primary line of research has examined the accessibility, and integration of these integrative pairs in lexical priming and in memory.

Verbal analogies also entail relational inference. For instance, in BOOK : PAGE :: CAR : ENGINE one must infer that a PAGE is a part of a BOOK just as an ENGINE is a part of a CAR. My more recent research has investigated how individual differences (in creativity, working memory, or autistic traits) impact performance in solving verbal analogies with pairs from similar domains (e.g., PLATINUM : NECKLACE :: GOLD : EARRING) or different domains (e.g., LEATHER : SADDLE :: GOLD : EARRING).

Finally, a secondary line of research focuses on narcissism and self-esteem as personality variables that influence memory about the self.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • 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. (in press). Narcissism, self-esteem, and the phenomenology of autobiographical memory. Memory.

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 3010, Statistical Methods in Psychology  (Undergraduate)

  • PSY 3080, Cognitive Psychology: Fundamental Processes (Undergraduate)

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