Kenneth J. Malmberg, PhD

Department of Psychology

University of South Florida


Department of Psychology, USF, 4202 East Fowler Ave, PCD 4118G, Tampa, FL, 33620


My research investigates the processes and representations involved in human memory. It balances empirical investigations and mathematical and computational modeling. Currently, my lab is pursuing several interrelated projects that investigate autobiographical memory and the relationship between the human memory and perception systems. We are actively involved in using Bayesian models to analyze data and describe human memory and perception (Yes. I am planning to recruit a new graduate student in 2018.)


Kilic, A., Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (in press). Models that allow us to perceive the world more accurately also allow us to remember past events more accurately via differentiation, Cognitive Psychology,

Kamp, S.-M., Lehman, M., Malmberg, K. J., & Donchin, E. (2016, .pdf). A Buffer Model Account of Behavioral and ERP Patterns in the Von Restorff Paradigm. AIMS Neuroscience, 3 (2): 181-202, DOI: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2016.2.181 

Malmberg, K. J. (2016, .pdf). Recent developments in global-matching models of episodic memory. American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 129, (2), 206-211.

Kellen, D., Erdfelder, E., Malmberg, K.J., Dube, C., Criss, A.H. (2016, .pdf). The Ignored Alternative: An Application of Luce's Low-threshold Model to Recognition Memory. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 75, 86-95.

Annis, J., Dube, C., & Malmberg, K. J. (2016, .pdf). A Bayesian approach to discriminating between biased responding and sequential dependencies in binary choice data. Decision.

Annis, J. Lenes, J.G., Westfall, H.A., Criss, A.H., & Malmberg, K.J. (2015, pdf) The list-length effect does not discriminate between models of recognition memory. Journal of Memory & Language, 85, 27-41.

Koop, G.J., Criss, A.H., & Malmberg, K.J. (2015, pdf). The dynamic effects of feedback and test composition over the course of recognition memory testing. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22(2), 509-516.

Criss, A.H., Malmberg, K.J., & Townsend, J.T. (2014, pdf). Editors' forward for the speical issue honoring W.K. Estes. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 58, 105-106.

Malmberg, K.J., Lehman, M., Annis, J., Criss, A.H., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2014, pdf). Consequences of testing memory, in B. Ross (Ed.) Psychology of Learning & Motivation, Vol. 61, 285-313.

Annis, J.& Malmberg, K. J. (2013, pdf) A model of positive sequential dependencies in jufgments of frequency. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 57(5), 255-236.

Lehman, M., Brinegar, K., & Malmberg, K.J. (2013, pdf). Improving Memory after Environmental Context Change: A Strategy of "Preinstatement". Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 528-533.

Annis, J., Malmberg, K.J., Criss, A.H., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2013, pdf). Sources of Interference in Recognition Testing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition,39,1365-1376.

Lehman, M. & Malmberg, K. J. (2013, pdf). A Buffer Model of Encoding and Temporal Correlations in Retrieval, Psychological Review.

Westfall, H. A. & Malmberg, K. J. (2013, pdf). Visual Search Enhances Subsequent Memory Search, Memory & Cognition, 41(2),233-259

Malmberg, K. J., Criss, A. H., Gangwani, T. H., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2012, pdf). Overcoming the Negative Consequences of Interference that Results from Recognition Memory Testing. Psychological Science, 23(2):115-119.

Malmberg, K. J., & Annis, J. (2012, pdf). On the Relationship between Memory and Perception: Sequential dependencies in recognition testing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(2), 233-259.

Criss, A. H., Malmberg, K.J., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2011, pdf). Output interference in recognition memory testing. Journal of Memory and Language, 64(4), 316-326.

Lehman, M. & Malmberg, K. J. (2011, pdf). Overcoming the effects of intentional forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 29(2), 335-347.

Lehman, M. & Malmberg, K. J. (2009, .pdf). A global theory of remembering and forgetting from multiple lists. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 35, 970-988.

Criss, A. H. & Malmberg, K. J. (2008, .pdf). Evidence in favor of the early-phase elevated-attention hypothesis: The effects of object frequency and letter frequency, Journal of Memory and Language, 59, 331-345 .

Grider, R. L . & Malmberg, K. J. (2008, .pdf). Discriminating Between Changes in Bias and Changes in Accuracy for Recognition Memory of Emotional Stimuli, Memory & Cognition, 36(5), 933-946.

Malmberg, K. J. (2008a, .pdf). Recognition Memory: A Review of the Critical Findings and an Integrated Theory for Relating Them. Cognitive Psychology, 57, 335-384.

Malmberg, K. J. (2008b, .pdf). Towards an understanding of individual differences in episodic memory: Modeling the dynamics of recognition memory. in A. Benjamin and B. Ross (Eds.) The Psychology of Learning and Motivation: Skill and Strategy in Memory Use, Vol. 48, 313-349.

Malmberg, K. J. (2008, .pdf). Investigating metacognitive control in a global memory framework, in J. Dunlosky and R. E. Bjork (Eds.) Handbook of Memory and Metacognition.

Malmberg, K. J. & Xu, J. (2007, .pdf). On the flexibility and on the fallibility of associative memory, Memory & Cognition, 35(3), 545-556.

Xu, J. & Malmberg, K. J.(2007, .pdf). Moldeing the effects of verbal- and nonverbal-pair strength on associative recognition, Memory & Cognition, 35(3), 526-544.

Malmberg, K. J., Lehman, M., & Sahakyan, L. (2006, .pdf). On the Cost and Benefit of Taking it out of Context: Modeling the Inhibition Associated with Directed Forgetting, Proceedings of the 28th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 549-554.

Malmberg, K.J. & Xu, J. (2006, .pdf). The Influence of Averaging and Noisy Decision Strategies on the Recognition Memory ROC, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13 (1), 99-105.

Malmberg, K. J. & Shiffrin, R. M. (2005, pdf) The "one-shot" hypothesis for context storage. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31(2), 322-336.

Malmberg, K. J., Holden, J. E., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2004, .pdf). Modeling the effects of repetitions, similarity, and normative word frequency on judgments of frequency and recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30(2), 319-331.

Malmberg, K. J., Zeelenberg, R., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2004, .pdf). Turning up the Noise Or Turning Down the Volume? On the Nature of the Impairment of Episodic Recognition Memory by Midazolam. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30(2), 540-549.

Sanborn, A. N., Malmberg, K. J., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2004, pdf.). High-level masking effects on perceptual identification. Vision Research, 44(12), 1427-1436.

Steyvers, M. & Malmberg, K. J. (2003, pdf.). The effect of normative context variability on recognition memory, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 29(5), 760-766.

Malmberg, K. J., Zeelenberg, R., & Shiffrin, R.M. (2003, pdf.) Modeling Midazolam's Effect on the Hippocampus and Recognition Memory. in S. Becker, S. Thrun, and K. Obermayer (Eds.). Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 15, MIT Press, 75-82.

Malmberg, K. J. & Nelson, T. O. (2003, pdf.). The word-frequency effect for recognition memory and the elevated-attention hypothesis. Memory & Cognition 31(1), 35-43.

Malmberg, K. J. (2002, pdf.). On the form of ROCs constructed from confidence ratings. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 28(2), 380-387.

Malmberg, K. J. & Murnane, K. (2002, pdf.). List composition and the word-frequency effect for recognition memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 28(4), 616-630.

Malmberg, K. J., Steyvers, M., Stephens, J. D., & Shiffrin, R. M. (2002, pdf.). Feature-frequency effects in recognition memory. Memory & Cognition, 30(4), 607-613.

Murnane, K., Phelps, M. P., & Malmberg, K. (1999, pdf.). ICE: A theory of context dependent discrimination. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 128(4), 403-415.