Benjamin C Storm

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPsychology Department
Phone831-459-3544
Email
FAX831-459-3519
Web Site http://people.ucsc.edu/~bcstorm/research.html
OfficeSocial Sciences 2, Room 345
Office HoursTuesday 2:30-3:30pm (Fall 2016)
Campus Mail StopPsychology Faculty Services
Benjamin C Storm

Research Interests

My research focuses broadly on human memory with a special focus on the causes and consequences of forgetting.  I am particularly interested in the role of forgetting in resolving competition during retrieval, overcoming fixation while thinking and solving problems, updating autobiographical memory, and facilitating new learning.  I believe that developing a more complete understanding of how people learn, think, and remember requires a more complete understanding of how and why they forget. 


Human Memory; Cognitive/Neurobiological Mechanisms of Forgetting; Creative Cognition; Learning and Metacognition; Cognitive Offloading and Digital Technology

Biography, Education and Training

M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Selected Publications


  • Storm, B. C., & Bui, D. C. (in press).  Individual differences in mind wandering while reading predict lower rates of analogical transfer.  Learning and Individual Differences.

  • Ditta, A. S., & Storm, B. C. (2016).  Thinking about the future can cause forgetting of the past.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 339-350.

  • Overoye, A. L., & Storm, B. C. (2015).  Harnessing the power of uncertainty to enhance learning.  Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1, 140-148.

  • Storm, B. C., Angello, G., Buchli, D. R., Koppel, R. H., Little, J. L., & Nestojko, J. F. (2015).  A review of retrieval-induced forgetting in the contexts of learning, eye-witness memory, social cognition, autobiographical memory, and creative cognition.  In B. Ross (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation (pp. 141-194).  Academic Press: Elsevier Inc.

  • Storm, B. C., & Stoller, E. (2015).  Exposure to product placement in text can influence onsumer judgments.  Applied Cognitive Psychology, 29, 20-31.

  • Storm, B. C., & Stone, S. M. (2015).  Saving-enhanced memory: The benefits of saving on the learning and remembering of new information.  Psychological Science, 26, 182-188.

  • Yue, C. L., & Storm, B. C., Kornell, N., & Bjork, E. L. (2015).  Highlighting and its relation to distributed study and students' metacognitive beliefs.  Educational Psychology Review, 27, 69-78.

  • Murayama, K., Miyatsu, T., Buchli, D., & Storm, B. C. (2014). Forgetting as a consequence of retrieval: A meta-analytic review of retrieval-induced forgetting. Psychological Bulletin, 140, 1383-1409.

  • Storm, B. C., & Patel, T. N. (2014). Forgetting as a consequence and enabler of creative thinking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 1594-1609.

Courses Taught

Psych 1: Introduction to Psychology
Psych 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics
Psych 100: Research Methods in Psychology
Psych 129: Human Learning and Memory
Psych 139A: Cognitive Laboratory
Psych 139J: Forgetting
Psych 224B: Prosem on Memory
Psych 252: Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology

Advisees, Post Docs, Graduate Students, Researchers

NameE-Mail AddressPhone Number
Annie Stanfield Ditta
Julia Soares(831) 459-1451