Stan Klein

Stan Klein



I received my BA from Stanford and Ph.D. from Harvard. I was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, an assistant professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and currently am a professor at UCSB.


I am interested in many of the unwarranted (empirically, theoretically or both) assumptions stipulated to pertain to self, memory and consciousness.

Selected Publications

Klein, S.B. (in press). The feeling of personal ownership of one’s mental states: A conceptual argument and empirical evidence for an essential, but underappreciated, mechanism of mind. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Klein, S.B. (in press). The unplanned obsolescence of psychological science and an argument for its revival. Inivted target article for Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Klein, S.B. (in press). Autonoetic consciousness: Reconsidering the role of episodic memory in future-oriented mental time travel. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Klein, S.B. (2015). A defense of experiential realism: the need to take phenomenological reality on its own terms in the study of the mind. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2, 41-56.

Klein, S.B. (2015). What memory is. Inaugural Target Article for WIREs Cognitive Science,6, 1-38.

Klein , S.B. (2014). Autonoesis and belief in a personal past: An evolutionary theory of episodic memory indices. Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Klein, S.B. (2014). What can recent replication failures tell us about the theoretical commitments of psychology? Theory & Psychology.

Klein, S.B. (2014). Sameness and the self: Philosophical and psychological considerations. Frontiers in Psychology: Perception Science. doi 103389/psyg.2014.00029.

Klein, S.B. (2014). The two selves: Their metaphysical commitments and functional independence. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Klein, S.B. (2013). The temporal orientation of memory: It’s time for a change of direction. Invited Target Article, Journal of Research in Applied Memory and Cognition, 2, 222-234.

Klein, S.B. (2013). Images and constructs: Can the neural correlates of the self be revealed through radiological analysis? International Journal of Psychological Research: Special Issue on Social Neuroscience, 6, 117-132.

Klein, S.B., Altinyazar, V., & Metz, M.A. (2013). Facets of self in schizophrenia: The reliability and accuracy of trait self-knowledge. Clinical Psychological Science,1,276-289.

Klein, S.B. (2013). Making the case that episodic recollection is attributable to operations occurring at retrieval rather than to content stored in a dedicated subsystem of long-term memory. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7: 3. DOI: 103389/fnbeh.2013.00003.

Klein, S.B. (2013). The complex act of projecting oneself into the future. WIREs Cognitive Sciences, 4, 63-79.

Klein, S.B., & Nichols, S. (2012). Memory and the sense of personal identity. Mind, 121,677-702.

Klein, S.B. (2012). Self, memory, and the self-reference effect: An examination of conceptual and methodological issues. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16,283-300.

Klein, S.B. (2012). The self and its brain. Social Cognition, 30, 474-516.

Klein, S.B., Roberson, T.E., & Delton, A. W. (2011). The future-orientation of memory: Planning as a key component mediating the high levels of recall found with survival processing. Memory, 19, 121-139.

Klein, S.B., & Gangi, C. E. (2010). The multiplicity of self: Neuropsychological evidence and its implications for the self as a construct in psychological research. The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience 2010: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1191,