Associate Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Michigan

Field of Specialty

Effects of age and culture on memory; Cognitive and Social Neuroscience

Contact Information

Lemberg Hall 106

Personal Web Page

Angela Gutchess

I adopt a Cognitive and Social Neuroscience approach to the study of memory, particularly for social information. My research employs behavioral as well as neuroimaging (fMRI; EEG/ERP) methods and the study of patients (aMCI) to investigate these questions.

Lab website: http://www.brandeis.edu/gutchess/


Auslander, M.V., Thomas, A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Confidence moderates the role of control beliefs in the context of age related changes in misinformation susceptibility." Experimental Aging Research. (2017). (forthcoming)

Gutchess, Angela. Neuroscience of Aging.. editing based on reviews; to be re-submitted soon for publication ed. Cambridge University Press, 2017. (forthcoming)

Paige, L.E., Ksander, J.C., Johndro, H.A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Cross-cultural differences in the neural correlates of specific and general recognition." Cortex (2017). (forthcoming)

Kensinger, E.A. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Cognitive aging in a social and affective context: Advances over the past 50 years.." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 72. (2017): 61-70.

Zebrowitz, L., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., Gutchess, A., & Hadjikhani, N.. "The older adult positivity effect in evaluations of trustworthiness: Emotion regulation or cognitive capacity?." PLoS One 12. (2017): e0169823.

Carmichael, A. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Using warnings to reduce categorical false memories in younger and older adults." Memory 24. (2016): 853-863.

Cassidy, B.S. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Age effects in adaptive criterion learning." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. (2016): 1015-1023.

Lee, H-N., Rosa, N.M., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Aging and the group-reference effect in memory." Memory 24. (2016): 746-756.

Leshikar, E.D., Cassidy, B.S., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Similarity to the self influences cortical recruitment during impression formation." Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 16. (2016): 302-314.

Paige, L.E. & Gutchess, A.H., N. Pachana. "Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging." Encyclopedia of Geropsychology. 2016.

Paige, L.E., Cassidy, B.S., Schacter, D.L., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Age differences in hippocampal activation during gist-based false recognition." Neurobiology of Aging 4. (2016): 76-83.

Rosa, N.M., Deason, R.G., Budson, A.E., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Source memory for self and other in patients with mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's disease." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 71. (2016): 59-65.

Zebrowitz, L.A., Ward, N., Boshyan, J., Gutchess, A., & Hadjikhani, N.. "Dedifferentiated face processing in older adults is linked to lower resting state metabolic activity in fusiform face area.." Brain Research 1644. (2016): 22-31.

Beadle, J.N., Sheehan, A., Dahlben, B., & Gutchess, A.H. "Aging, empathy, and prosociality.." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 70. (2015): 213-222.

Cassidy, B.S. & Gutchess, A.H. "Neural responses to appearance-behavior congruity." Social Cognition 33. (2015): 211-226.

Cassidy, B.S. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Influences of appearance-behavior congruity on memory and social judgments." Memory 23. (2015): 1039-1055.

Cassidy, B.S., Dube, C., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Social influences on adaptive criterion learning." Memory & Cognition 43. (2015): 695-708..

DeScioli, P., Rosa, N.M., & Gutchess, A.H. "A memory advantage for property." Evolutionary Psychology 13. (2015): 411-423.

Gutchess, A.H. & Boduroglu, A, Krauss Whitbourne, S. "“Culture, Cognition, and Aging”." The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging,. 2015.

Gutchess, A.H. & Boduroglu, A. "Cognition in adulthood across cultures." The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Ed. Jensen, L. A.. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015. 621-636.

Gutchess, A.H. & Huff, S.. "Cross-cultural differences in memory." Handbook of Cultural Neuroscience (Volume 1), Cultural Neuroscience and Health. Ed. J. Chiao, S-C., Li, R. Seligman, & R. Turner. Oxford University Press., 2015

Gutchess, A.H., Sokal, R., Coleman, J.A., Gotthilf, G., Grewal, L., & Rosa, N.. "Self-referential memory with age: Evidence for common and distinct encoding strategies." Brain Research 1612. (2015): 118-127.

Gutchess, Angela. "Book Review." Rev. of Memory and Aging: Current Issues and Future Directions, by Moshe Naveh-Benjamin and Nobuo Ohta (Eds),. Memory Studies vol. 8 2015: 257-259.

Huff, S., Ligouri, L., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Cultural influences on social and self-relevant memory." Handbook of Intercultural Relations Neuroscience. Ed. Jason Warnick and Dan Landis. New York: Springer, 2015. 215-241.

Kensinger, E.A. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Memory for emotional and social information in adulthood and old age." The Wiley Handbook on The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory. Ed. A. Duarte, M. Barense, & D.R. Addis. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. 393-414.

Leshikar, E. D., Park, J., & Gutchess, A. H.. "Self affects memory for impressions of others in younger and older adults." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 70. (2015): 737-742.

Leshikar, E.D. & Gutchess, A.H. "Similarity to the self affects impression memory for others." Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 4. (2015): 20-28..

Rosa, N.M., Deason, R.G., Budson, A.E., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Self-referencing and false memory in mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease." Neuropsychology 29. (2015): 799-805.

Cassidy, B.S., Hedden, T., Yoon, C., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Age differences in medial prefrontal activity for subsequent memory of truth value." Frontiers in Psychology – Emotion Science 5. (2014): 87.

Gutchess, A.H.. "Plasticity of the aging brain: New directions in cognitive neuroscience." Science 346. (2014): 579-582.

Gutchess, A.H.. "Recognizing the risks of brain stimulation – Response." Science 346. (2014): 1307.

Schwartz, A. J., Boduroglu, A., & Gutchess, A. H.. "Cross-cultural differences in categorical memory errors." Cognitive Science 38 (2014): 997–1007.

Cassidy, B.S., Leshikar, E.D., Shih, J.Y., Aizenman, A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Valence-based age differences in medial prefrontal activity during impression formation." Social Neuroscience 8. (2013): 462-473.

Colton, G., Leshikar, E.D., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Age Differences in Neural Response to Stereotype Threat and Resiliency for Self-Referenced Information." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7. (2013): 537.

Gutchess, A.H. & Goh, J.O.S.. "Refining Concepts and Uncovering Biological Mechanisms for Cultural Neuroscience.." Psychological Inquiry: An International Journal for the Advancement of Psychological Theory 24. 31-36 (2013).

Huff, S., Yoon, C., Mandadi, A., Dimosa, A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Self-referential processing and encoding in bicultural individuals.." Culture and Brain 1. (2013): 16-33.

Millar, P.R., Serbun, S.J., Vadalia, A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Cross-cultural differences in memory specificity." Culture and Brain 1. (2013): 138-157.

Rosa, N. M. & Gutchess, A. H.. "False memory in aging resulting from self-referential processes.." The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 68. (2013): 882-892.

Beadle JN, Yoon C, Gutchess AH. "Age-related neural differences in affiliation and isolation." Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience 12. (2012): 269-279.

Cassidy BS, Shih JY, Gutchess AH. "Age-related changes to the neural correlates of social evaluation." Social Neuroscience 7. (2012): 552-564.

Cassidy, B.S. & Gutchess, A.H.. "Structural variation within the amygdala and ventromedial prefrontal cortex predicts memory for impressions in older adults.." Frontiers in Psychology, 3. 319 (2012).

Cassidy, B.S., Zebrowitz, L.A., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Appearance-based inferences bias source memory." Memory & Cognition 40. (2012): 1214-1224.

Cassidy, BS & Gutchess, AH. "Social relevance enhances memory for impressions in older adults." Memory 20. (2012): 332-345.

Gilron R, Gutchess AH.. "Remembering first impressions: effects of intentionality and diagnosticity on subsequent memory." Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience 12. (2012): 85-98.

Gutchess, AH & Schacter, DL. "The neural correlates of gist-based true and false recognition." NeuroImage 59. (2012): 3418-3426.

Gutchess, A. H., Schwartz, A. J., & Boduroglu, A., D.D. Schmorrow and C.M. Fidopiastis. The influence of culture on memory.. Proc. of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Lectures Notes in Computer Science. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2011.

Hamami, A., Serbun, S.J., & Gutchess, A.H.. "Self-referential processing and memory specificity with age." Psychology & Aging 26 (2011): 636-646.

Rosa, N.M. & Gutchess, A. H.. "Source memory for action in young and older adults: Self vs. close or unknown others." Psychology & Aging 26. (2011): 625-30.

Serbun SJ, Shih JY, & Gutchess AH. "Memory for details with self-referencing." Memory 19. (2011): 1004-1014.

Gutchess, A.H., Hedden, T., Ketay, S., Aron, A., & Gabrieli, J.D.E.. "Neural differences in the processing of semantic relationships across cultures.." Social,Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience 5. (2010): 254-263.

Gutchess, A.H., Kensinger, E.A., & Schacter, D.L.. "Functional neuroimaging of self-referential encoding with age." Neuropsychologia 48. (2010): 211-219.

Gutchess, A.H.. "Cognitive psychology and neuroscience of aging." The Aging Consumer: Perspectives from Psychology and Economics. Ed. A. Drolet, N. Schwarz, & C. Yoon. New York, NY: Routledge,Taylor and Francis Group, 2010. 3-23.

Leshikar, E. D., Gutchess, A. H., Hebrank, A. C., Sutton, B. P., & Park, D. C.. "The impact of increased relational encoding demands on frontal and hippocampal function in older adults.." Cortex 46. (2010): 507 -521.

Gutchess, A. H. & Park, D. C.. "Effects of ageing on associative memory for related and unrelated pictures.." European Journal of Cognitive Psychology. 21. (2009): 235-254.

Gutchess, A.H. & Indeck, A.. "Cultural Influences on Memory." Progress in Brain Research 178. (2009): 137-150.

Schacter, D. L., Gutchess, A. H., & Kensinger, E. A.. "Specificity of memory: Implications for individual and collective remembering." Memory in Mind and Culture. Ed. P. Boyer & J. Wertsch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 83-111.

Cole, C., Laurent, G., Drolet, A., Ebert, J., Gutchess, A., Lambert-Pandraud, R., Mullet, E., Norton, M., & Peters, E.. "Decision making and brand choice by older consumers." Marketing Letters 19. (2008): 355-365.

Goh, J.O., Chee, M. W., Tan , J.C., Venkatraman, V., Hebrank, A., Leshikar, E.D., Jenkins, L., Sutton, B.P., Gutchess, A. H., & Park, D.C.. "Age and culture modulate object processing and object-scene binding in the ventral visual area." Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience 7. 1 (2007): 44-52.

Gutchess, A. H., Hebrank, A., Sutton, B. P., Leshikar, E., Chee, M. W., Tan, J. C., Goh, J. O., Park, D. C.. "Contextual interference in recognition memory with age." Neuroimage 35. 3 (2007): 1338-47.

Gutchess, A. H., Hebrank, A., Sutton, B. P., Leshikar, E., Chee, M. W., Tan, J. C., Goh, J. O., Park, D. C.. "Contextual interference in recognition memory with age." Neuroimage 35. 3 (2007): 1338-47.

Gutchess, A.H., Ieuji, Y., & Federmeier, K.D.. "Event-related potentials reveal age differences in the encoding and recognition of scenes." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 19. 7 (2007): 1089-1103.

Gutchess, A.H., Kensinger, E.A., & Schacter, D.L.. "Aging, self-referencing, and medial prefrontal cortex." Social Neuroscience 2. 2 (2007): 117-133.

Gutchess, A.H., Kensinger, E.A., Yoon, C., & Schacter, D.L.. "Ageing and the self-reference effect in memory." Memory 15. 8 (2007): 822-837.

Kensinger, E.A., Gutchess, A.H., & Schacter, D.L.. "Effects of aging and encoding instructions." Psychology and Aging 22. 4 (2007): 781-795.

Park, D.C., Gutchess, A.H., Meade, M.L., & Stine-Morrow, E.A.L.. "Improving cognitive function in older adults: Nontraditional approaches." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 62B. (2007): 45-52.

Chee, M. W., Goh, J. O., Venkatraman, V., Tan, J. C., Gutchess, A., Sutton, B., Hebrank, A., Leshikar, E., Park, D.. "Age-related changes in object processing and contextual binding revealed using fMR adaptation." J Cogn Neurosci 18. 4 (2006): 495-507.

Gutchess, A. H., Park, D. C.. "fMRI environment can impair memory performance in young and elderly adults." Brain Res 1099. 1 (2006): 133-40.

Gutchess, A. H., Welsh, R. C., Boduroglu, A., Park, D. C.. "Cultural differences in neural function associated with object processing." Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 6. 2 (2006): 102-9.

Gutchess, A. H., Yoon, C., Luo, T., Feinberg, F., Hedden, T., Jing, Q., Nisbett, R. E., Park, D. C.. "Categorical organization in free recall across culture and age." Gerontology 52. 5 (2006): 314-23.

Park, D., Gutchess, A.. "The cognitive neuroscience of aging and culture." Current Directions in Psychological Science 15. 3 (2006): 105-108.

Yoon, C., Feinberg, F., Gutchess, A. H.. "Pictorial naming specificity across ages and cultures: a latent class analysis of picture norms for younger and older Americans and Chinese." Gerontology 52. 5 (2006): 295-305.

Yoon, C., Gutchess, A. H., Feinberg, F., Polk, T. A.. "A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of neural dissociations between brand and person judgments." Journal of Consumer Research 33. 1 (2006): 31-40.

Gutchess, A. H., Welsh, R. C., Hedden, T., Bangert, A., Minear, M., Liu, L. L., Park, D. C.. "Aging and the neural correlates of successful picture encoding: frontal activations compensate for decreased medial-temporal activity." J Cogn Neurosci 17. 1 (2005): 84-96.

Yoon, C., Laurent, G., Fung, H. H., Gonzalez, R., Gutchess, A. H., Hedden, T., Lambert-Pandraud, R., Mather, M., Park, D. C., Peters, E., Skurnik, I.. "Cognition, persuasion and decision making in older consumers." Marketing Letters 16. 3-4 (2005): 429-441.

Goh, J. O., Siong, S. C., Park, D., Gutchess, A., Hebrank, A., Chee, M. W.. "Cortical areas involved in object, background, and object-background processing revealed with functional magnetic resonance adaptation." J Neurosci 24. 45 (2004): 10223-8.

Yoon, C., Feinberg, F., Hu, P., Gutchess, A. H., Hedden, T., Chen, H. Y., Jing, Q., Cui, Y., Park, D. C.. "Category norms as a function of culture and age: comparisons of item responses to 105 categories by american and chinese adults." Psychol Aging 19. 3 (2004): 379-93.

Yoon, C., Feinberg, F., Luo, T., Hedden, T., Gutchess, A. H., Chen, H. Y., Mikels, J. A., Jiao, S., Park, D. C.. "A cross-culturally standardized set of pictures for younger and older adults: American and Chinese norms for name agreement, concept agreement, and familiarity." Behav Res Methods Instrum Comput 36. 4 (2004): 639-49.

Park, D. C., Welsh, R. C., Marshuetz, C., Gutchess, A. H., Mikels, J., Polk, T. A., Noll, D. C., Taylor, S. F.. "Working memory for complex scenes: age differences in frontal and hippocampal activations." J Cogn Neurosci 15. 8 (2003): 1122-34.

Park, D. C., Gutchess, A. H.. "Aging, cognition, and culture: a neuroscientific perspective." Neurosci Biobehav Rev 26. 7 (2002): 859-67.

Courses Taught

NPSY 154a Human Memory
NPSY 180a Social Neuroscience and Culture
NPSY 196b Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging
PSYC 10a Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 300a Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior I