B.A., Beijing Normal University
M.A., Ph.D., Washington University
Office: 2203 AuSable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-2867
Office Hours - Sabbatical Fall 2017
PSY364 - Life Span Developmental Psychology
PSY366 - Perspectives on Aging
Current Research Interests
My most recent research project involves studying the impact of culture and experience on childhood autobiographical memories. Autobiographical memory provides a unique window to look into how memory functions in the real world and what factors could potentially alter the memories of our past. Specifically, I am interested in whether immigration that occurred in individuals’ childhood has effects on their recollections of childhood experiences. Immigration is both a novel and traumatic experience. It also entails an extensive acculturation process during which individuals need to make numerous adjustments to adapt to their new environment. By comparing the autobiographical memories of immigrants to those of their non-immigrant counterparts, this study will not only depict but also help explain the intricate relationships among the self, culture, and our memory of our past.
Some of my other research projects involve: investigating individual differences in processing speed, working memory, and reasoning abilities related to verbal and visuospatial information; and testing the relationship between diversity of performance and task difficulty as well as the relationship between the RTs of any individual and the average performance for the group. I have also examined the behavioral evidence for brain-based ability factors in visuospatial information processing and age-related dedifferentiation in visuospatial abilities.
Selected Recent Publications
Dueker, G.L., Chen, J., Cowling, C. & Haskin, B. (2016). Early developmental outcomes predicted by gestational age from 35-41 weeks. Early Human Development, 103, 85-90.
Chen, J., Hale, S., & Myerson, J. (2007) Predicting the size of individual and group differences on speeded cognitive tasks. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 534-541.
Chen, J. (2005). Cognitive Aging. In Y. Luo, Y. Jiang, & K. Cheng (Eds.), Cognitive neuroscience. Beijing, China: Beijing University Press.
Sun, X., Zhang, X., Chen, X., Zhang, P., Bao, M. Zhang, D., Chen, J., He, S., Hu, X. (2005). Age-dependent brain activation during forward and backward digit recall revealed by fMRI. Neuroimage, 15, 36-47.
Chen, J. Hale, S., & Myerson, J. (2003). Effects of domain, retention interval, and information load on older adults’ visuospatial working memory. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 10, 122-133.
Lou, L. G., & Chen, J. (2003). Attention and blind spot phenomenology. Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness, 9.