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Richard J. Addante, Ph.D. - Florida Tech. Melbourne, FL, US

Richard J. Addante, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | School of Psychology | Florida Tech


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

Areas of Expertise (6)

Space Psychology



Cognitive Neuroscience

Human Memory



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.

Media Assets




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My Pursuit: Richard Addante CSUSB Faculty Spotlight – Richard Addante CSUSB Faculty Feature – Richard Addante 2019 UC Davis Alumni Awards


Media Appearances (6)

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

PsyPost.com  online


“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


“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


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


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


“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


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 (2)

University of California, Davis: Ph.D., Neuroscience 2011

The College of New Jersey: B.A., Psychology 2005


Selected Articles (8)

Boosting Brain Waves Improves Memory

Frontiers for Young Minds


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

Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience


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Neural correlates of the Dunning–Kruger effect

European Journal of Neuroscience


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Entrainment enhances theta oscillations and improves episodic memory

Cognitive Neuroscience


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



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



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Prestimulus theta activity predicts correct source memory retrieval



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



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Languages (2)

  • Russian
  • Spanish

Affiliations (5)

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

Accomplishments (5)

NIH LRP Award (professional)

Oct 2021 - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Aerospace Education Officer of the Year (professional)

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

Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor Award (professional)

Apr 2019 - California State University

Young Alumnus Award (professional)

2018 - University of California, Davis

National Research Service Award (professional)

National Institute of Mental Health

Event Appearances (5)


Learning Technology Symposium  Association for the United States Army


Chair Session on Statistics & Methodology  Psychonomics Society

Keynote Speaker

Aerospace STEM Academy  Edwards Air Force Base, USAF Auxiliary


Session on Episodic Memory  Cognitive Neuroscience Society


NASA Human Research Program Investigators Workshop