Richard J. Addante, Ph.D. Florida Tech

Richard J. Addante, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | School of Psychology

  • Melbourne FL UNITED STATES

Dr. Addante researches the cognitive neuroscience of memory, brain states and metacognition, and analog missions for space exploration.

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Areas of Expertise

Space Psychology
Metacognition
Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Memory
Amnesia

About

Dr. Richard Addante earned a B.A. in psychology from the College of New Jersey and a Ph.D. in neuroscience at University of California Davis as a Diversity Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroimaging with University of Texas at Dallas and UT-Southwestern Medical School. He is currently an LRP Fellow from the National Institute for Health.

Additional advanced coursework has included specialized courses at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Addante is the only psychologist to crew NASA’s largest psychology study for space travel (called the Human Exploration Research Analog, HERA Mission XIV), and has been a principal investigator of NASA studies investigating astronaut cognition (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, NEEMO). The overarching goal of these projects is to contribute to our understanding of the psychology of long-duration space flight for exploration-class missions in the Artemis generation and beyond.

Dr. Addante is a reviewer for many of top journals in the field and an associate editor of Frontiers in Psychology: Neuropsychology.

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Media Appearances

Study uncovers some electrophysiological processes associated with the Dunning–Kruger effect

PsyPost.com  online

2021-01-24

“When I was on the faculty at Cal State, I frequently noticed the over-estimating errors and the better-than-average-effect exhibited among our department and administration, and like many people probably do, wondered about what is happening in the brain for such instances,” said study author Richard Addante, an assistant professor at Florida Institute of Technology.

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Memory May Not Serve Completely Correct in New Study

Florida Tech News  online

2021-02-11

“Recallable but not recognizable: The influence of semantic priming in recall paradigms,” a paper written by Florida Tech psychology assistant professor Richard Addante, along with researchers from NASA, SUNY Geneseo, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, discovered the memory error through examining the mechanism that drives the production of recognition failures. The paper, which was published in the January edition of Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, showed that just because a person can recall a word doesn’t mean they consciously remember it.

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Boosting Memory Performance by Finding Amplitude of Brain Waves and Speeding Oscillations

Neuroscience News  online

2021-11-27

Psychology assistant professor Rick Addante and clinical psychology doctoral student Mairy Yousif, along with researchers from California State University, San Bernardino, looked at the brains boosting potential in the research paper, “Boosting Brain Waves Improves Memory.”

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CSUSB students and professor are part of the effort to send humans to Mars – and beyond

Inside CSUSB  online

2020-06-03

While it may have been nerve-wracking at the start, it didn’t end that way. As Richard Addante, their psychology professor on the project, explained it, “They did a great job. I was telling them that after I introduced the project, one of my favorite parts was I got to just stand back and watch them take the reins to do what they were trained to do. … And it was perfectly executed.”

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The Asteroid Mission That Never Leaves Earth

The Atlantic  print

2017-12-22

“I’ve built a career asking other people to be test subjects. I felt like I owed it to the science to be a guinea pig myself,” says Rick Addante, a psychology and neuroscience professor at California State University at San Bernardino. Addante and three others moved into the hera habitat in August. “If we want to get to Mars, we have to use our brains, but we also have to understand our brains and what’s going to happen to them on the way to Mars,” he says.

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Free Will May Just Be the Brain's 'Background Noise,' Scientists Say

Live Science  online

2014-06-19

This brain activity wasn't strictly a signal at all — it was "noise," part of the brain's omnipresent and seemingly random electrical firing. In fact, neuroscientists usually consider this background noise meaningless and subtract it when trying to figure out the brain response to a specific task, said Rick Addante, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas who was not involved in the research.

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Education

University of California, Davis

Ph.D.

Neuroscience

2011

The College of New Jersey

B.A.

Psychology

2005

Links

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Selected Articles

Boosting Brain Waves Improves Memory

Frontiers for Young Minds

2021

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Recallable but not recognizable: The influence of semantic priming in recall paradigms

Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience

2021

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Neural correlates of the Dunning–Kruger effect

European Journal of Neuroscience

2020

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Entrainment enhances theta oscillations and improves episodic memory

Cognitive Neuroscience

2018

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A critical role of the human hippocampus in an electrophysiological measure of implicit memory☆

NeuroImage

2015

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Examining ERP correlates of recognition memory: Evidence of accurate source recognition without recollection

NeuroImage

2012

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Prestimulus theta activity predicts correct source memory retrieval

PNAS

2011

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Neurophysiological evidence for a recollection impairment in amnesia patients that leaves familiarity intact

Neuropsychologia

2012

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Languages

  • Russian
  • Spanish

Affiliations

  • Caribbean Student Association : Faculty Advisor
  • Seaplane Pilots of America
  • Psychonomics Society
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Association for Psychological Science : Member

Accomplishments

NIH LRP Award

Oct 2021 - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year

Aug 2019 - US Air Force Auxilliary (CAP), California Wing

Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor Award

Apr 2019 - California State University

Young Alumnus Award

2018 - University of California, Davis

National Research Service Award

National Institute of Mental Health

Event Appearances

Speaker

Learning Technology Symposium  Association for the United States Army

Panelist

Chair Session on Statistics & Methodology  Psychonomics Society

Keynote Speaker

Aerospace STEM Academy  Edwards Air Force Base, USAF Auxiliary

Panelist

Session on Episodic Memory  Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Panelist

NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop  

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