Ayanna K. Thomas, PhD


As an Associate Professor of Psychology at Tufts University I spend my time investigating the subjective experience that accompanies memories. My research encompasses metacognition, memory distortion, eyewitness memory, and age related changes in memory. I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Washington, and then spent three years as an NIA postdoctoral fellow at Washington University. I spent a final year at Wash U as a research scientist, studying changes in long-term memory as a function of aging. After teaching at Colby College for two years, I came to the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, where I established the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab in 2007. Graduate and Undergraduate students interested in working in the Cognitive Aging and Memory Lab should contact me at ayanna.thomas@tufts.edu

My research has been funded by grants from the National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, and has been featured in such popular media outlets as Psychology Today, The Initiative for Neuroscience and the Law, and the L.A. Times.