Assistant Professor, School of Psychology
Dr. Addante earned a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and a PhD in Neuroscience at UC Davis as a Diversity Fellow of the American Psychological Association, then completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Neuroimaging with University of Texas at UT-Southwestern Medical School, and is currently an LRP Fellow from the National Institute fof Health. Additional advanced coursework has included specialized courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the only psychologist to crew NASA’s largest psychology study for space travel (called the Human Exploration Research Analog, HERA Mission XIV), and has been Principle Investigator of NASA studies investigating astronaut cognition (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, NEEMO). The overarching goal of these projects is to contribute to our understanding of the psychology of long duration human space flight for exploration-class missions in the Artemis generation and beyond.
Research in our lab investigates the cognitive neuroscience of human memory, brain states for improving performance, and metacognition. Studies have explored why memory is impaired in amnesia deficits of clinical neuropsychological patients, discovered brain states that predict successful memory prior to memory occurring, and then drew upon this knowledge to improve memory performance with interventions such as audio-visual entrainment. We use various methodologies, including electroencephalogram (EEG) oscillations, event-related potentials (ERPs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), audio-visual entrainment, and mobile brain imaging techniques we have taken to operational settings of in-flight cognition of pilots in general aviation. We also study social cognitive neuroscience phenomena, such as the Mere Exposure Effect (2016), the Revelation Effect, and discovered the first neural correlated of the Dunning-Kruger Effect in metacognitive self-awareness. Research from the lab has made key discoveries of non-conscious memory effects related to the hippocampus, and also characterized the fundamental nature of episodic memory processes of recollection, familiarity, recall, and context. Lab students have gone on to PhD programs at UC Davis, University of Arizona, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, employment in NASA research laboratories, and received federal funding from NIH pre-doctoral awards for under-represented minorities in STEM.
Ozubko, J. D., Sirianni, L. A., Ahmad, F. N., MacLeod, C. M., & Addante, R. J. (2021). Recallable but not Recognizable: The Influence of Semantic Priming in Recall Paradigms. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, http://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13415-020-00854-w
Muller, A., Sirianni, L. A., & Addante, R. J. (2020). Neural correlates of the Dunning–Kruger effect. European Journal of Neuroscience. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ejn.14935
Addante, Muller, & Sirianni. (2020). Recollection is more than retrieving context or source memory: evidence from ERPs of recognition and source memory combinations. bioRxiv. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.14.339697
Roberts, B. M., Clarke, A., Addante, R. J., & Ranganath, C. (2018). Entrainment enhances theta oscillations and improves episodic memory. Cognitive Neuroscience, 9(3-4), 181-193. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17588928.2018.1521386
Leynes, P. A., & Addante, R. J. (2016). Neurophysiological evidence that perceptions of fluency produce mere exposure effects. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16(4), 754-767. https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758%2Fs13415-016-0428-1
Addante. (2015). A critical role of the human hippocampus in an electrophysiological measure of implicit memory. NeuroImage, 109, 515-528. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S105381191401074X?via%3Dihub
Addante, R. J., de Chastelaine, M., & Rugg, M. D. (2015). Pre-stimulus neural activity predicts successful encoding of inter-item associations. NeuroImage, 105(0), 21-31. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.10.046
Addante, R. J., Ranganath, C., Olichney, J., & Yonelinas, A. P. (2012). Neurophysiological evidence for a recollection impairment in amnesia patients that leaves familiarity intact. Neuropsychologia, Special Issue, 50(13), 3004-3014. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S002839321200334X?via%3Dihub
Addante, R. J., Ranganath, C., & Yonelinas, A. P. (2012). Examining ERP correlates of recognition memory: evidence of accurate source recognition without recollection. NeuroImage, 62(1), 439-450. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1053811912004272?via%3Dihub
Addante, R. J., Watrous, A. J., Yonelinas, A. P., Ekstrom, A. D., & Ranganath, C. (2011). Prestimulus theta activity predicts correct source memory retrieval. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108(26), 10702-10707. https://www.pnas.org/content/108/26/10702.long