News

2020

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!

 

2019

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, Neuropsychologia, 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 her 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.


3/24/2019   CANLab had a blast presenting at CNS!


1/10/2019   Congratulations to Courtney for her acceptance to the Duke Social Neuroscience & Neuroeconomics summer program.


1/10/2019   Congratulations to Jordan and previous graduate student Dr. Caitlin Bowman for their recent paper 'Sensory Representations Supporting Memory Specificity: Age Effects on Behavioral and Neural Discriminability' being accepted at Journal of Neuroscience.

 

2018

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!!!


7/29/2018 We had a wonderful time this summer with visiting researchers from Elon University Chloe Hultman (bottom row, second from left) and Kayla McGraw (bottom row, far right)!


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!!!


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!


1/12/2018 The CANLab welcomed in a number of new research assistants this semester!


2017

11/2/2017 A huge congratulations to Christina for being awarded dissertation support funds from the Liberal Arts Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO)! We are so happy for you!


10/25/2017 Congratulations to Dr. Dennis and Indira on publishing their paper, The Influence of Perceptual Similarity and Individual Differences on False Memories in Aging! This will be published in Neurobiology of Aging.


 10/19/2017 John, we just can't keep up! Congratulations on yet another publication: Same Face, Same Place, Different Memory: Manner of Presentation Modulates the Associative Deficit in Older Adults. This will appear in Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.


 10/17/2017 Congratulations to John and Dr. Dennis on their paper, Older Adults’ Associative Memory is Modified by Manner of Presentation at Encoding and Retrieval! This will be published in Psychology and Aging, and is their third accepted publication in as many weeks!


 10/10/2017 Congratulations to John on publishing TWO papers this October! His first one, titled Repeated Study of Items With and Without Repeated Context: Aging Effects on Recollection and Familiarity, will be published in Memory. His second one, titled Using Attribute Amnesia to Test the Limits of Hyper-Binding and Associative Deficits in Working Memory will be published in Psychology and Aging.


 08/22/2017 Welcome CAN Lab's newest graduate students, Courtney Gray & Jordan Chamberlain!


 06/10/2017 Congratulations to John on his marriage to Kaitlin McCormick from Penn State's social area! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.

  

Photo credit to Laurel Hill Photography.


 06/1/2017 We are happy to welcome students from Elon University on board to participate in summer research. While here, they will work on collecting data for new collaboration project "Examine Associative Memory in Aging."


2016

12/19/2016 We were featured on the Penn State's Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center's (SLEIC) website for our recent publications. Read more about this here: http://imaging.psu.edu/news/1524/several-new-papers-dr-nancy-denniss-cognitive-aging-and-neuroimaging-lab

screenshot of SLEIC website


11/10/2016 We would like to welcome Liliana "Lily" Katherine Webb to the CAN Lab (born Oct. 30) and wish Christina Webb and family, all the best in nurturing this little scientist!

Tina holding baby Lily baby in psu hat


10/26/2016 She's at it AGAIN! Indira Turney was awarded our college's Research & Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) Dissertation Award. Congrats Indira!!!


10/04/2016 Congrats to Christina for publishing her master's work titled What's the gist? The influence of schemas on the neural correlates underlying true and false memories in the journal Neuropsychologia. This paper details cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the retrieval of different types of items when studied within a highly schematic context. Congrats, Tina!!!

SCEN paradign


09/09/2016 Congrats again to Indira for publishing her master's thesis titled Elucidating the neural correlates of related false memories using a systematic measure of perceptual relatedness, which details her master's work on perceptual relatedness in false memories using a unique design with morphed faces, in the journal NeuroImage. Congrats, Indira!!


8/30/2016 Congrats to our most senior graduate student, Indira Turney for obtaining an award from Penn state's Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center to support her dissertation. She will use the award to examine the neural effects of memory training for improving episodic memory in older adults. Indira is on a roll, she was also recently selected to receive an award that enables her to be named an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. scholar. This award includes a budget to fund Indira’s research and professional development. Way to go Indira - Congratulations!!!

Indira Turney


07/27/2016 Congrats to our very own, Indira, for publishing a new article titled Exploring the influence of encoding format on subsequent memory in the journal Memory. Congrats, Indira!!


6/3/2016 We are excited to begin new collaboration (with support of an NIH grant to "Examine Associative Memory in Aging") with Amy Overman and her students at Elon Univeristy!! Read more about this here: https://www.elon.edu/E-Net/Article/133202

Overman Associate Grant


05/31/2016 Congratulations to Angela Grant (graduate student collaborator) on publishing her breadth project with Dr. Dennis titled Increased processing speed in young adult bilinguals: evidence from source memory judgments in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.


5/3/2016 Congratulations to our very own Christina Webb who was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship on PSU's Center for Healthy Aging's T32 training grant.

Center for Healthy Aging site image


04/07/2016 The lab would like to congratulate former graduate student, Caitlin, for publishing her article titled The neural basis of recollection rejection: increases in hippocampal-prefrontal connectivity in the absence of a shared recall-to-reject and target recollection network in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Go Cait!!


03/25/2016 Congratulations to former graduate student, Avery Rizio, for publishing her article titled Recollection after inhibition: The effects of intentional forgetting on the neural correlated of retrieval in the journal Cognitive Neuroscience. Congrats, Avery!!

2015

12/18/2015 The lab would like to congratulate our lab manager, Kyle, for publishing his False Memory Meta-analysis in the journal Neuropsychologia. Congrats, Kyle!!


9/22/2015 The pictures are in from Christina's wedding! The Lab had a blast dancing and celebrating with Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Congrats again Tina!!

Webb wedding group photo Webb wedding group photo


06/24/2015 The CAN Lab volunteered to help run Centre County's annual Senior Games, a series of mental and atheltic games for Centre County's senior citizens. Top Left: The CAN Lab posing for a photo, with our Lab Manager Kyle realizing how short his co-workers are. Top Right: Our undergrate RAs Jimmy and Shalome greeting and directing participants to the Senior Games' various events. Bottom Left: John and Kyle rebounding for a Basketball Shootout participant, Truman. Bottom Right: Kyle, Truman, and John: a future Championship 3 v 3 Basketball Team!!

Senior Games, lab group photo Senior Games, Shalome and Jimmy Senior Games, Kyle and John Senior Games, Kyle Truman, and John 


6/2/2015 Congratulations to now Dr. Caitlin Bowman, PhD on successfully defending her dissertation! Congrats Cait!!


5/16/2015 Congratulations to Christina Johnson on her marriage this past weekend. Congrats Mrs. Webb!!


4/29/2015 Congratulations to Caitlin Bowman on recieving a teaching award for excellence in teaching from the Psychology Department here at Penn State.


3/05/2015 Congratulations to our PI, Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Nancy Dennis on receiving tenure from The Pennsylvania State University!!!

Nancy Dennis photo


2/20/2015 Congratulations to our PI Nancy Dennis on her appointment as Action Editor at the journal Memory starting April 1st, 2015

2014

11/26/2014 Our very own Caitlin Bowman was awared the American Psychological Associations' Dissertation Research Award Congrats Cait!


11/18/2014 Christina and Indira, graduate students in the CAN Lab, present results of their studies at the Society of Neuroscience's Annual Conference in Washington D.C.!

SfN_Christina.jpg Society of Neuroscience conference


10/29/2014 The CANLab hosted a spook-tacular Cognitive Tea, an event where the Cognitive Psychology department meets once every two weeks for some tea and snacks!

Cognitive Tea, table with food Cognitive Tea, table with food


10/29/2014 Congratulations to our very own Caitlin Bowman for winning an RGSO Dissertation Support Award! Congrats Cait!


08/21/2014 Congratulations to now Dr. Avery Rizio, graduate student of the CAN LAB, for successfully defending her dissertation!

Dr. Avery Rizio


07/2014 The CAN Lab would like to welcome its new Laboratory Manager, Kyle Kurkela!


06/2014 Dr. Dennis is a guest lecturer in a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by Penn State entitled 'Presumed Innocent? The Social Science of Wrongful Conviction'. Read the full article!


04/2014 Congratulations to Christina Johnson, a first year graduate student in the lab, for receiving an honorable mention for her submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program!


03/2014 Congratulations to Ali Manbeck, a junior undergraduate student in the lab, for receiving a Summer Discovery Grant to conduct research this summer in the CAN Lab!

2013

03/2014 Congratulations to Ali Manbeck, a junior undergraduate student in the lab, for receiving a Summer Discovery Grant to conduct research this summer in the CAN Lab!


08/2013 Penn State News has featured Nancy Dennis's work investigating how changes in brain activity compensate for normal decline in memory. http://news.psu.edu/story/284684/2013/08/21/research/not-all-memories-fade-age


04/2013 Congratulations to Indira Turney, a first year graduate student in the lab, for receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program!


04/2013 Courtney Allen, a senior psychology major working in the lab, has received an honorable mention for her poster presentation at the Penn State Psi Chi Research Conference. Congrats Courtney!!


03/2013 Christina Johnson, currently a senior psychology major working in the lab, has been accepted into the doctoral cogntive psychology program at PSU. So we're excited to welcome her as the newest graduate student in the CAN Lab beginning fall 2013!! Also, congratulations to Christina as a second-time recipient of the Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Psychology!


01/2013 Congratulations to Caitlin Bowman as a recipient of the STAR award - a scholarship given to graduate students in the College of the Liberal Arts, recognizing students who have excelled in all aspects of their graduate program.

2012

08/2012 Congratulations to Avery Rizio for the acceptance of her manuscript, entitled "The neural correlates of cognitive control: Successful remembering and intentional forgetting" into the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Congrats Avery!!


08/2012 The CANLab is excited to welcome Indira Turney as a new graduate student joining the lab this fall.


04/2012 The Social Science Research Institute at Penn State has featured Nancy Dennis's work on false memory and intentional forgetting in their 2011 Annual Report. http://www.ssri.psu.edu


04/2012 Christina Johnson, a junior psychology major working in the lab, has won 1st prize in the 2012 Psi Chi poster conference. Congrats Christina!!


04/2012 Will Crozer, a senior psychology major working in the lab, has received an honorable mention for his poster presentation at the Undergraduate Poster exhibition. Congrats Will!!


01/2012 Christina Johnson, a junior psychology major working in the lab, is a recipient of the Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Psychology. Congrats Christina!!


01/2012 Courtney Allen, a junior psychology major working in the lab, has received an honorable mention for her nomination to the Costello Family Scholarship in Psychology. Congrats Courtney!!

2011

08/2011 PSU video highlighting lab research and former student, Jonathan Harris. http://creativegroup.psu.edu/mtnittany/ - click on the bottom video: Big Ideas.

2010

08/2010 The CANLab tries their hand at kayaking! Not everyone stayed dry - but everyone had fun!

canlab members kayaking canlab members kayaking


06/2010 Nancy Dennis has been awarded a grant by the American Federation for Aging Research. The grant will support the CANLab's research investigating age-related changes in the cognitive control of memory processes - with a specific focus on the neural mechanisms underlying intentional and incidental forgetting.


06/2010 Nancy Dennis has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant will support the CANLab's research investigating the neural correlates of false memory in young and older adults.


04/2010 The CANLab is excited to welcome Caitlin Bowman as a new graduate student joining the lab this fall.


04/2010 Congrats to Jonathan Harris for successful completion of his Honors Thesis, "An fMRI investigation of category-specific episodic encoding". Jonathan will be continuing his studies next year as a first-year gradate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Penn State.


04/2010 Congrats to Deepa Ramasamy for successful completion of her honors thesis, "SUCCESSFUL ENCODING WITHIN RETRIEVAL: NEURAL DIFFERENCES IN YOUNG AND OLDER ADULTS" Deepa will be attending dental school at The University of Pennsylvania in the Fall.

2009

04/2009 Katherine Ross, a junior psychology major working on the lab, is a recipient of both the Paul R. Cornwell Memorial Award and the President’s Fund Award for her senior project, “Effects of retrieval task on false memories in young and older adults." ........Congrats Katherine!!


04/2009 Jonathan Harris, an honors student in the lab was awarded a 2009 Undergraduate Discovery Summer Grant for his project entitled, “An fMRI investigation of successful memory for category-specific semantic processing.” .......Congrats Jonathan!!


01/2009 The Siemens Magnetom Trio 3T fMRI magnet has been installed on campus and is UP AND RUNNING!

Siemens fMRI machine magnet being lifted on chain hoist magnet being lifted on chain hoist magnet being lowered onto base