Welcome to the Cognitive Aging & Neuroimaging Lab!

The Cognitive Aging & Neuroimaging (CAN) Lab, in the Department of Psychology at Penn State, examines the effects of aging on learning and memory processes using both behavioral and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) methods. Our lab focuses on several cognitive processes associated with learning and memory including the study of true memories, false memories, relational memories, implicit learning and cognitive control of both remembering and forgetting. With respect to cognitive aging, our research concentrates on the examination of age-related neural markers of cognitive decline, as well as mechanisms for neural compensation.


5/21/2018 Congrats Christina on publishing your paper The effect of useful field of view training on brain activity and connectivity in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B!

5/15/2018 Dr. Nancy Dennis and Christina were recently featured on WJAC-TV 6 news about their recent research on false memories and aging.

3/1/2018 A big congratulations to Indira for winning the Alumni Association Dissertation Award! This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. What a fantastic accomplishment!

2/23/2018 Congratulations, Christina, on being awarded the highly prestigious Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School! Well-deserved recognition!



In Press

Ross, L. A., Webb, C. E., Whitaker, C. W., Hicks, J. M., Schmidt, E. L., Samimy, S., & Dennis, N. A. (in press). The effect of useful field of view training on brain activity and connectivity. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Webb, C. E. & Dennis, N. A. (in press). Differentiating true and false schematic memories in older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Series B.

Dennis, N.A. & Turney, I.C. (in press). The influence of perceptual similarity and individual differences on false memories in aging. Neurobiology of Aging.

Overman, A.A., Dennis, N.A., McCormick-Huhn, J.M., Steinsiek, A., Cesar, L. (in press). Same face, same place, different memory: Manner of presentation modulates the associative deficit in older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

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