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College of Liberal Art & Sciences » Psychology » Faculty
Lara Jones
Lara Jones, Assistant Professor
Rm. 8306.4 - 5057 Woodward Ave., 8th Floor
Research Area
Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology
(313) 577-2825
(313) 577-7636

Website:  http://drlaraljones.com


My research examines the representation, accessibility, and integration of noun-noun concepts. In addition to studying semantic, associative, integrative, and mediated priming, I investigate the underlying executive functions involved in the inference of a conceptual relation and the subsequent integration of concepts (e.g., a WOOL SWEATER is a sweater composed of wool). Related to these interests, I’m currently investigating the extent to which training in detection of an analogical relation (e.g., the whole/part relation in BOOK : PAGE :: CAR : ENGINE) improves performance in relational reasoning and inhibitory-related executive functions.


Undergraduate Courses:

PSY 3010 Statistical Methods
PSY 3080 Cognitive Psychology

Recent Publications (since 2008)

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


Jones, L. L. (2011). Relational constraint and format in verbal analogy. In B. Kokinov, A. Karmiloff-Smith, & N.J. Nersessian (Eds.) European Perspectives on Cognitive Science. New Bulgarian University Press.


Estes, Z., Golonka, S., & Jones, L. L. (2011). Thematic thinking: The apprehension and consequences of thematic relations. (pp. 249-294). In B. Ross (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 54. Burlington: Academic Press.


Jones, L. L. (2010). Pure mediated priming: A retrospective semantic matching model. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 135-146.


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


Estes, Z., & Jones, L. L. (2009). Integrative priming occurs rapidly and uncontrollably during lexical processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 112-130.


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.


Estes, Z., & Jones, L. L. (2008). Relational processing in conceptual combination and analogy. [Commentary on Leech, Mareschal, & Cooper]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31,385-386.



Title: Lexical Integration: Properties, Predictors, and Consequences of a Core Language Skill

Program/Sponsor: Small Grants Program, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK 

Role: Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Dr. Zachary Estes, University of Warwick)

Funding Period: January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2011

Amount: £99,994

Education & Experience

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Francis Marion University, 2007 - 2009
Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognitive/Experimental), University of Georgia, 2007
M.S. in Psychology (Cognitive/Experimental), University of Georgia, 2004
B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2002
M.H.R., Masters in Human Resources, University of South Carolina, 1997
B.S. in Human Nutrition & Foods, Virginia Tech, 1995



5057 Woodward Ave. 7th Floor
Detroit, MI 48202
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Fax: (313) 577-7636
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