Cognition Laboratory

Dr. Christie Chung directs the Mills Cognition Laboratory (MCL) in the Psychology Department at Mills College. Dr. Chung and her research assistants design behavioral experiments to examine the underlying cognitive mechanisms that constitute age-related changes in memory. Current research studies examine the effects of age, culture, weight consciousness, and circadian arousal on emotional and flashbulb memory.


We are currently looking for study participants!

  • Earn $10 per session of participation.
  • Sessions last about one hour and will involve simple computer and paper-and-pencil tasks.
  • Requirements for participants:
  • Must be within the 18–30 or 55–85 years of age
  • Must be a native English speaker, or have learned English by the age of seven

If you are interested in participating in our research projects, please do not hesitate to contact us at 510.430.2251.

The lab is located in the Moore Natural Sciences Building on the Mills College campus. View a map and directions here.

Recent Publications

Chung, C. (in press). Is Psychology a Science? An Assignment to Shape Students’ Perceptions of the Field. In R. R. Miller (Ed.), Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, 2016–17. Society for Teaching of Psychology.

Olfman, D., Light, L. L., Schmalstig, M., Pospisil, D., Pendergrass, R., & Chung, C. (2017). Preserved Criterion Flexibility in Item Recognition in Older Adults. Psychology and Aging, 32, 675–680.

Chung, C., & Przemyslaw, J. A. (2017). The effects of physical activity duration and intensity on age-related cognition. Jacobs Journal of Gerontology, 2(1). Retrieved from Jacobs Journal of Gerontology.

Chung, C., & Dees, C. (2016). The effects of sexual and religious orientations on memory for weight-related stimuli. International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology, 5, 87-99. doi: 10.5861/ijrsp.2016.1492

Chung, C., & Baldwin, A. (2015). The effect of Christian belief in eternal life on age-related social partner choice.The Internet Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 9(1).

Chung, C., Yip, P. W. A., & Lin, Z. (2014). Culture, attitudes, and emotional memory: A complicated relationship. International Journal of Research Studies in Psychology, 3(5), 1-12. doi: 10/5861/ijrsp.2014.866.

Chung, C., (2014). A complicated intersection between age-related emotional memory and culture: A reply to "When young adults look like older adults". Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 4(1), 28-32.

Sharifi, F., & Chung, C. (2014). A cross-cultural examination of emotional memory processing: US vs. Afghanistan. Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 4(1), 1-17.