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. 



6/12/2020 Congratulations to now Dr. Dan Elbich, Ph.D. on successfully defending his dissertation!!!

6/15/2020 Congratulations to Courtney for her publication of her Master’s paper, 'Examining the neural basis of congruent and incongruent configural contexts during associate retrieval'! 

6/1/2020  We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the contribution of individual differences of domain-general and domain-specific components of false memories in younger and older adults.

4/15/2020 Welcome to CAN Lab’s newest graduate student, Catherine Carpenter!

11/27/2019   Congratulations to Courtney and previous lab manager Kyle Kurkela for their recent paper 'Shared neural recruitment across working memory and motor control tasks as a function of task difficulty and age' being accepted at Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

10/27/2019   Congratulations to Courtney for her first paper 'Different types of associative encoding evoke differential processing in both younger and older adults: evidence from univariate and multivariate analyses' being accepted at Neuropsychologia!

10/15/2019   Congratulations to Jordan for being selected as Psi Chi Society Graduate Teaching Assistant of the year!

9/12/2019   Congratulations to Courtney for acceptance to the SLEIC student advisory committee.

4/27/2019   Congratulations to Courtney for getting married!

4/26/2019   Congratulations to Dan for successfully proposing his Dissertation.

4/12/2019   Congratulations to Courtney for her successfully defending her Masters and advancing to candidacy.

4/9/2019     Congratulations to Courtney for her NSF GRFP honorable mention.


In Press

Gerver, C. R., Overman, A. A., Babu, H. J., Hultman, C. E., & Dennis, N. A.(in press). Examining the neural basis of congruent and incongruent configural contexts during associate retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Dennis, N.A., Gutchess, A.H., & Thomas, A.K. (in press). Overview of Models of Cognitive Aging. Handbook of Cognitive Aging. Cambridge University Press.

Questions? Let us know!

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