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. 

 

News

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.

Publications

In Press

Gerver, C. R., Neely, K. A., Kurkela, K. A., Diaz, M. T., Goodman, J. T., Blouch, S. L., Samimy, S., & Dennis, N. A. (in press). Shared neural recruitment across working memory and motor control tasks as a function of task difficulty and age. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

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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