What are the costs and benefits of self-generated cognition?

How do we regulate our internal thoughts?

How do thoughts about our selves and other people shape our sense of

      self-identity across time?

What are the component processes and neural underpinnings of self-

     generated cognition?

How are these processes altered in patient populations and across

      the lifespan? 



I’ve been intrigued by these and other questions for several years while an undergraduate student at Duke University (Biology - Neuroscience Concentration, Psychology, B.S., 2003), and a graduate student both at Washington University in St. Louis (Neuroscience, M.A., 2006) and Harvard University (Psychology, Ph.D, 2009). When I received my Ph.D. from Harvard University in May 2009, I started a post-doctoral position in the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder.  In Feb 2014, I was promoted by the Institute of Cognitive Science to Research Associate (research faculty), where I continue to collaborate with several faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. 

Jessica R. Andrews-Hanna, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, University of Colorado Boulder