Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Biological PsychologyAdvanced Biological PsychologyBehavioral NeuroscienceExperimental Methods in Psychology: Biology
Research and Teaching Interests
I teach various courses in biopsychology, neuroscience, cognition, research methods, and electrphysiology. I also direct the Cal State Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, where we explore the cognitive neuroscience of human memory and brain states related to cognitive performance. We using a convergence of approaches including EEG, ERPs, time-frequency analyses, behavioral assessments, and measures of amnesia deficits in clinical neuropsychological patients.
More specifically, our lab has been focused on using cognitive electrophysiology to study the neuroscience of human memory, as well as to explore the role of pre-stimulus brain states that support human cognition (Addante et al., 2011, PNAS). To address these goals, a variety of physiological approaches are used to capture both the temporal and structural dynamics of long term memory. The primary method of the lab has drawn upon event-related potentials (ERPs) of memory signals derived from EEG recording during memory tests, in order to inform both how and why memory errors are made, and to adjudicate competing behavioral theories of how people remember information from different sources (Addante et al., 2012a, 2012b). We also use ERPs to investigate the neural correlates of implicit and explicit memory impairments in neuropsychological patients– particularly with damage to the hippocampus- in order to characterize forms of clinical amnesia (Addante, 2015). Additionally, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) has also been used to explore neural structures supporting pre-stimulus activity that predicts later successful memory formation (Addante et al., 2015). Collaborative research projects have also explored the cognitive electrophysiology of memory for gender stereotypes, the contribution of implicit priming to explicit recall, and the role of context & fluency in social psychological judgments (the ‘Mere Exposure Effect’, Leynes & Addante, 2016); our lab has also more recently pioneered ERP research studying metacognition in the Dunning-Kruger Effect (Muller et al., 2020).
Lab's students have participated in NASA research missions such as NEEMO, earned co-authorship on peer-reviewed scientific publications, received the top student awards at CSUSB, gained admission with full-funding to high quality PhD programs, and employment at NASA.