Dr. Christie Chung directs the Mills Cognition Laboratory (MCL) in Mills College's Psychology Department. She 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.


Mills Cognition Lab/Dr. Chung in the media:


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.

Chung, C., Yip, P. W. A., & Lin, Z. (2013). An Examination of Age-related Positivity Effect in US, China, and Hong Kong. Proceedings for Hong Kong International Conference on Education, Psychology, and Society.

Chung, C., & Lin, Z. (2012). A cross-cultural examination of the positivity effect in memory: United States vs. China. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 75(1), 31-44.

Summers, S. L., & Chung, C. (2012). A holistic approach to understanding military TBIs: A multidisciplinary perspective. Undergraduate Research Journal for the Human Sciences, 11. Retrieved from

Chung, C., Sharifi, F, & Harris, S. (2011). The effects of circadian arousal and weight consciousness on women’s memory. Psychology, 2, 732-736. 
doi: 10.4236/psych.2011.27112

Sharifi, F., Chung, C., Mahinda, E., Johnson, J., & Wong, S.A. (2011). Emotional memory in women: Why a negativity bias? Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, 22, 36-42.

Chung, C. (2010). Effects of view of life and selection bias on emotional memory in old age. GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(3), 161-168. doi: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000019

Chung, C. (2010). Is the positivity effect in old age a cohort effect? In H. Blatterer & J. Glahn (Eds.), Times of Our Lives. Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press. (ISBN: 978-1-904710-91-2).

Chung, C. (2009). The positivity effect in old age: Why does it occur? In J. Jaafar & S. McCarthy (Eds.), Building Asian Families and Communities. UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Chung, C., & Light, L. L. (2009). Effects of age and study repetition on plurality discrimination. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 16, 446-460.

Light, L. L., Chung, C., Pendergrass, R., & Van Ocker, J. C. (2006). Effects of repetition and response deadline on item recognition in young and older adults. Memory & Cognition, 34, 335-343.

Healy, M. R., Light, L. L., & Chung, C. (2005). Dual-process models of associative recognition in young and older adults: Evidence from receiver operating characteristics. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31, 768-788.

Light, L. L., Healy, M. R., Patterson, M. M., & Chung, C. (2005). Dual-process models of memory in young and older adults: Evidence from associative recognition. In L. Taconnat, D. Clarys, S. Vanneste, & M. Isingrini (Eds.), Proceedings of the VIIth Cognitive Aging Conference (Tours, France). Paris: Public book Editions.

Light, L. L., Patterson, M. M., Chung, C., & Healy, M. R. (2004). Effects of repetition and response deadline on associative recognition in young and older adults. Memory & Cognition, 32, 1182-1193.

Hasher, L., Chung, C., May, C. P., & Foong, N. (2002). Age, time of testing, and proactive interference. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56, 200-207.