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Mills Cognition Lab

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:


C. Chung (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.

D. Olfman, L. L. Light, M. Schmalstig, D. Pospisil, R, Pendergrass, & C. Chung (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.

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