Faculty Profile

Richard Addante

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Contact Information

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory
  • Brain states Related to Human Performance
  • Neurophysiology of Clinical Amnesia Patient Deficits
  • Intervention Strategies to Improve Memory
  • Neurophysiology of Conscious and Non-Conscious Memory Processes
  • Amnesia deficits in clinical patients (TBI, etc.)
  • The role of the hippocampus in memory

Research Summary: I teach various courses in biopsychology, neuroscience, cognition, research methods" and excludes the part of about the temporary course on the neuroscience of space travel. 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, eye-tracking, time-frequency analyses, behavioral assessments, and measures of amnesia deficits in clinical neuropsychological patients with brain damage to the medial temporal lobes.

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. 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. 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. Additionally, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) has also been used to explore neural structures supporting pre-stimulus activity that predicts later successful memory formation. Collaborative research projects have also explored the cognitive electrophysiology of memory for gender stereotypes, the contribution of implicit priming to explicit recall, and how people recognize faces and facial conjunctions, and the role of context & fluency in social psychological judgements (the ‘Mere Exposure Effect’).

Representative Publications

Leynes, PA, & Addante, RJ (2016). Neurophysiological evidence that perceptions of fluency produce mere exposure effects. Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience.

Addante, R.J., (2015). A critical role of the human hippocampus in an electrophysiological measure of implicit memory. NeuroImage, 109(0), 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, 21-31.

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):3004-14.

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., & Ranganath, C. (2011). Pre-stimulus theta activity predicts whether a retrieval cue will elicit recollection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(26):10702-7.

Honors & Awards

2015 Faculty Fellow, SPINES Neuroscience Symposium on Scientific Excellence and Lifelong Mentoring to Increase Diversity.

2015 Burhmester Award for Undergraduate Research. This award given by the UT-Dallas School of Behavior & Brain Sciences to their best undergraduate summer research projects, funding both student & faculty mentor’s lab.

2012 Post-doctoral Fellow, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience.

2010 Michael S. Gazzaniga Best Trainee Prize, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.

2009 Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories Fellowship. Competitively awarded full tuition, board, and travel for Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics, & Survival.

2009 Pre-doctoral Fellow, NIMH Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience.

2009 Pre-doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).

2009 Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellow, American Psychological Association

2007 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories Academic Scholarship.

2006 University of California-Davis Regents Fellowship. Full tuition awarded ’07,’08,‘09.

2005 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention.

2004 Selection for research presentation to the United States Congress on Brain activation for sematic memory of gender stereotype information. The Council on Undergraduate Research selects two project per state for Posters on Capitol Hill event.

2004 Phi Kappa Phi Student-Faculty Research Award (National Scholastic Honor Society). Award given to the top student research project at The College of New Jersey.

2004 Rhodes Scholarship - Finalist. International student recognition based upon “literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one's talents to the full, exemplified success in sports; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.“

2004 John Wandishin Scholarship Award. Awarded annually by Office of Student Life to one student at The College “who exhibits the qualities of truth, honor, courage, leadership, scholarship, and service, making a positive contribution to The College”.

2003 Marshall P. Smith Scholarship. Awarded annually to the most distinguished TCNJ psychology student as the highest honor in recognition of academic excellence.

2002 Fred and Mae Rummel Foundation Award. Awarded by The Office of Service Learning for excellence in community project development. Funded Project: Founded One-on-One Tutor/Mentoring Program of incarcerated juvenile criminals.


Press releases of research discoveries on implicit memory & brain states using EEG fMRI.

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