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Nancy Dennis

Nancy Dennis

Associate Professor of Psychology

450 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 865-1712


  1. Ph.D., The Catholic University of America, 2004


Research Interests

My research focuses on elucidating the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support learning and memory in young and older adults. I employ both behavioral and neuroimaging methods, including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional MRI (fMRI) to explore the interaction of cognitive and neural processes involved in episodic memory. My research investigates the neural correlates of episodic memory during both encoding and retrieval, focusing on the neural processes associated with relational memory and false memory. Other areas of research in my lab focus on implicit learning and cognitive control of memories. With respect to cognitive aging, my research concentrates on the examination of age-related neural markers of cognitive decline, as well as mechanisms for neural compensation.

Representative Publications

Dennis, N. A., Turney, I. C., Webb, C. E., & Overman, A. A. (2015). The effects of item familiarity on the neural correlates of successful associative memory encoding. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Bowman, C. R. & Dennis, N. A. (2015). Age differences in the neural correlates of novelty processing: The effects of item-relatedness. Brain Research, 1612: 2-15. doi: 10.1016/jbrainres.2014.08.006.

Dennis, N.A, Johnson, C.E., Peterson, K.M. (2014). Neural correlates underlying true and false associative memories. Brain and Cognition, 88: 65-72. doi: 10.106/j.bandc.2014.04.009.

Dennis, N.A., Bowman, C.R., & Vandekar, S.N. (2012). True and phantom recollection: And fMRI investigation of similar and distinct neural correlates and connectivity. NeuroImage, 59: 2982-2993.

Dennis, N. A., Hayes, S. M., Prince, S. E., Madden, D. J., Huettel, S. A., & Cabeza, R. (2008). Effects of aging on the neural correlates of successful item and source memory encoding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory & Cognition, 34(4), 791-808.

Dennis, N.A., Kim, H., & Cabeza, R. (2008). Age-related differences in brain activity during true and false memory retrieval. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(8), 1390-1402.               

Dennis, N.A., Kim, H., & Cabeza, R. (2007). Effects of aging on true and false memory formation: an fMRI study. Neuropsychologia, 45(14), 3157-3166.

Davis, S.W., Dennis, N.A., Daselaar, S.M., Fleck, M.S., & Cabeza, R. (2008). Que PASA? The posterior-anterior shift in aging. Cerebral Cortex, 18(5), 1201-1209.

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