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 episodic memory using both behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods. Regarding neuroimaging, we specifically utilize univariate, multivariate (pattern classification, representational similarity analyses), functional connectivity, and structural analytical approaches in our investigation of encoding and retrieval processes underlying memory performance. An emphasis is placed on understanding the cognitive and neural processes underlying false memories and associative memories. With respect to cognitive aging, our research examines neural markers of age-related cognitive decline, as well as mechanisms supporting neural compensation. Other lines of research pursued within the lab include cognitive training, cognitive control, and statistical learning. 

*Dr. Dennis is recruiting new graduate students for Fall 2019*


12/5/2018 Congratulations to Jordan for advancing to Ph.D. candidacy!

8/3/2018 After a 9 year career in the CANLab as an undergraduate and graduate student, we can finally say CONGRATULATIONS to now Dr. Christina Webb, Ph.D. on her successful dissertation defense!!!

5/31/2018 Many, many congratulations to now Dr. John McCormick-Huhn, Ph.D. on successfully defending his dissertation!!!

5/24/2018 CONGRATULATIONS to now Dr. Indira Turney, Ph.D. on successfully defending her dissertation!!!


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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