Jessica Andrews-Hanna

Jessica Andrews-Hanna

Associate Professor, Cognition & Neural Systems
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Psychology 415C (Office)
Psychology 419, 421, & 423 (Labs)

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Research Interests: 

  • Internally-guided processes spanning self-referential thinking, memory, future thinking, emotion, and mentalizing.
  • Mind-wandering, imagination and creativity.
  • Neural and physiological underpinnings of internally-guided cognition & resting state connectivity.
  • Changes in internally-guided cognition in aging and dementia.
  • Dysfunctional thoughts in mental health disorders (i.e. depression & anxiety). 
  • Joint appointments in Psychology and Cognitive Science.

Updated: 07/05/22

Selected Publications: 

  • Christoff, K., Irving, Z. C., Fox, K. C. R., Spreng, R. N., & Andrews-Hanna, J. R. (2016). Mind-wandering as spontaneous thought: a dynamic framework. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Sep 22. do. doi:10.1038/nrn.2016.113
  • Zabelina, D. L., & Andrews-Hanna, J. R. (2016). Dynamic network interactions supporting internally-oriented cognition. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 40, 86–93.
  • Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Smallwood, J., & Spreng, R. N. (2014). The default network and self-generated thought: component processes, dynamic control, and clinical relevance. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1316, 29–52.
  • Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Saxe, R., & Yarkoni, T. (2014). Contributions of episodic retrieval and mentalizing to autobiographical thought: Evidence from functional neuroimaging, resting-state connectivity, and fMRI meta-analyses. NeuroImage, 91C, 324–335.
  • Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Reidler, J. S., Huang, C., Randy, L., & Buckner, R. L. (2010). Evidence for the default network’s role in spontaneous cognition. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104, 322–335.
  • Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Reidler, J. S., Sepulcre, J., Poulin, R., & Buckner, R. L. (2010). Functional-anatomic fractionation of the brain’s default network. Neuron, 65, 550–62.
  • Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Snyder, A. Z., Vincent, J. L., Lustig, C., Head, D., Raichle, M. E., & Buckner, R. L. (2007). Disruption of large-scale brain systems in advanced aging. Neuron, 56, 924–35.


Courses Taught:

  • PSY 300 - Cognitive Neuroscience: A Guide to Mind & Brain (2023)
  • PSY 408 - Imagination & the Brain (2024)
  • PSY 528 - Cognitive Neuroscience: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Imagination (2017)
  • NSCS 200 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (2018)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Updated: 11/13/23


  • B.S. Psychology, Duke University
  • M.A. Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ph.D. Psychology, Harvard University