Richard J. Addante

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 space flight for exploration-class missions in the Artemis generation and beyond.   

Research laboratory

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. 

Selected Media

 Selected Award Recognitions  

  • LRP Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
  • Young Alumnus Award, University of California, Davis 
  • Aerospace Education Officer of the Year, US Air Force Auxilliary (CAP), California Wing
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor Award, California State University
  • National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health 
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, American Psychological Association Diversity Program
  • John Wandishin Award, The College of New Jersey 
  • Marshall P. Smith Award, The College of New Jersey  

Selected Publications

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 

Muller, A., Sirianni, L. A., & Addante, R. J. (2020). Neural correlates of the Dunning–Kruger effect. European Journal of Neuroscience 

Addante, Muller, & Sirianni. (2020). Recollection is more than retrieving context or source memory: evidence from ERPs of recognition and source memory combinations. bioRxiv. doi: 

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.

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. 

Addante. (2015). A critical role of the human hippocampus in an electrophysiological measure of implicit memory. NeuroImage, 109, 515-528. 

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: 

Addante, R. J., Ranganath, C., Olichney, J., & Yonelinas, A. P. (2012). Neurophysiological evidence for a recollection impairment in amnesia patients that leaves familiarity intact. NeuropsychologiaSpecial Issue, 50(13), 3004-3014.  

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. 

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.