fMRI, Working memory, Cognitive control, Decision making, Adolescence, Neuroimaging, Cognition


Jason Chein, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology (Cognition and Neuroscience) at Temple University. Dr. Chein earned his PhD in cognitive psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Broadly, research in Dr. Chein’s laboratory employs a cognitive neuroscientific approach to evaluate alternative theoretical claims surrounding the basic mechanisms of cognition, the relationship among these mechanisms, and the contribution each makes to high-level cognitive function.

Dr. Chein has extensive training in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and employs this technique in combination with traditional behavioral measures to pursue his research goals. Current research in his lab investigates how the development and training of working memory and cognitive control impacts the landscape of one’s cognitive abilities, including executive functioning, learning, problem solving and decision making.


Selected Publications

  • Chein, J.M., & Weisberg, R.W. (in press). Working memory, insight, and restructuring in verbal problems: Analysis of compound remote associate problems. Memory & Cognition.
  • Logue, S. Chein, J., Gould, T, Holliday, E., & Steinberg (in press). Adolescent mice, unlike adults, consume more alcohol in the presence of peers than alone. Developmental Science
  • Weigard, A., Chein, J., Smith, A., Albert, D., & Steinberg, L. (in press). Effects of Anonymous Peer Observation on Adolescents’ Preference for Immediate Rewards. Developmental Science.
  • Smith, A. Chein, J., & Steinberg (2013). Impact of socio-emotional context, brain development, and pubertal maturation on adolescent decision-making. Hormones and Behavior, 64(2), 323-332.
  • Strang, N., Chein, J, & Steinberg, L.(2013). The value of the dual systems model of adolescent risk-taking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7:223. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00223
  • Albert, D., Chein, J., & Steinberg, L. (2013). Peer influences on adolescent neurocognition. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(2), 80-86.
  • Morrison, A. & Chein, J.M. (2012). The controversy over Cogmed. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 1(3), 208–210.
  • Chein, J. & Schneider, W. (2012). The brain’s learning and control architecture. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 21(2), 78-84.
  • Eagan, D.E. & Chein, J.M., (2012). Overlap of phonetic features as a determinant of the between-stream phonological similarity effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology; Learning Memory & Cognition, 38(2):473-81.
  • Richmond, L., Morrison, A., Chein, J., & Olson, I. (2011). Complex working memory span training in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 26(4):813-22.
  • O’Brien, L., Albert, D., Chein, J.M., & Steinberg, L. (2011). Adolescents prefer more immediate rewards when in the presence of their peers. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(4), 747-753.
  • Chein, J., Albert, D., O’Brien, L., Uckert, U., & Steinberg, L. (2011). Peers influence adolescent risk-taking by heightening sensitivity to reward. Developmental Science, 14(2), F1-F10.
  • Berryhill, M.E., Chein, J.M., & Olson, I.R. (2011). At the intersection of attention and memory: the mechanistic role of the posterior parietal lobe in working memory. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 1306-1315.
  • Morrison, A.B. & Chein, J.M. (2011). Does working memory training work? The promise and challenges of enhancing cognition by training working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(1), 46-60.
  • Chein, J.M., Moore, A.B., & Conway, A.R.A. (2011). Domain general mechanisms of complex
  • working memory span. Neuroimage, 54, 550-559.
  • Chein, J.M., Weisberg, R.W., Streeter, N., & Kwok, S. (2010). Working memory and insight in the 9-dot problem. Memory & Cognition, 38(7), 883-892.
  • Chein, J.M. & Morrison, A.B. (2010). Expanding the mind’s workspace: Training and transfer effects with a complex working memory span task. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17(2), 193-199.
  • Chein, J.M., & Fiez, J.A. (2010). Evaluating models of working memory: FMRI and behavioral evidence on the effects of concurrent irrelevant information. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139(1), 117-137.
  • Chein, J.M. & Schneider, W. (2005). Neuroimaging studies of practice-related change: fMRI and meta-analytic evidence of a domain-general control network for learning. Cognitive Brain Research, 25(3), 607-623.

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Topical Seminar on Human Cognitive Neuroimaging
  • Graduate Core in Cognition
  • Honors Cognitive Psychology
  • Graduate Core in Neuroscience
  • Foundations in Cognitive Psychology