Andrea J. Sell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Swenson 210

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Dr. Andrea Sell is a cognitive psychologist interested in the operation of higher-order cognitive processes such as thought, language and memory. In particular, her research focuses on spatial representations of abstract thought and the memory processes involved in meeting social goals.

She enjoys teaching courses that give students the skills and tools to conduct their own research, including courses such as Statistics and Research Methods. Additionally, she teaches courses in her main domain of expertise such as, Cognition, Memory and Physiological Psychology. Students who wish to attain hands-on experience conducting research in the field of cognitive psychology can apply to work with the CLU Memory and Cognition lab group on a number of interesting projects conducted each semester. 

Dr. Sell also directs the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship.  

  • Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, Florida State University.Dissertation Title: Peri-personal space and the representation of quantity: Two types of re-use responsible for motor and spatial compatibility effects.


  • M.S. Cognitive Psychology, Florida State University. Thesis Title: The influence of movement on the directionality of space-timerepresentation mappings.


  • B.S. Psychology, University of Florida. Honors Thesis Title: Using homophones in auditory priming of tip-of-tongue resolution.




Sell, A.J., (2016) Applying the directed forgetting process to forgiveness. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition,5, 10-20.

Sell, A. J., (2014). When younger adults look like older adults. A commentary on “A cross-cultural examination of emotional memory processing: US vs. Afghanistan.”   Journal of Integrated Social Sciences, 4(1), 18-27. 

Sell, A. J., & Kaschak, M. P. (2012). The comprehension of sentences involving quantity information affects responses on the up-down axis. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 19, 708-714. 

Sell, A. J., & Kaschak, M. P. (2011). Processing time shifts affects the execution of motor responses. Brain and Language, 117, 39-44.

Sell, A. J., & Kaschak, M. P. (2009). Does visual speech information affect word segmentation?
Memory and Cognition, 37, 889-894.

Kaschak, M. P., Jones, J. L., Coyle, J. M., & Sell, A. J. (2009). Language and body. In R. K. Wagner, C. Schatschneider, & C. Phythian-Sence (Eds.), Behavioral and Biological Bases of Reading Comprehension (p. 3-26). Guilford.


Selected Presentations and Talks

Sell, A.J., Hanrahan, G. (2016, June). Cross-disciplinary undergraduate research: Tools for overcoming the challenges and maximizing the benefits. Talk presented at the New American Colleges and Universities Summer Institute on Undergraduate Research, Manhattan College, NY

*Randazzo, K.E., Sell, A.J., *Polster, M., *Burns, R. (2016, April). Making young adults look old: Cognitive mechanisms of forget and forgive. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. 

*Roberts, S.K., Sell, A.J., (2016, April). Horizontal and vertical spatial representations of chords and melodies. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Long beach, CA.

Sell, A.J., Spehar-Fahey, T.S., Gagliardo, M. (2015). The effect of spatial representations on discounting rates [Abstract]. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (p. 2985). Austin TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Sell, A.J. (2015, February). Trying to forget vs. disregard information: Implications for forgiveness. Poster presented at Society for Social and Personality Psychology, Long Beach, CA. 

Roberts, S., *Neiger, L., *Moura, R., Sell, A.J. (2015, May). Critical thinking and it’s implications on the acceptance of new scientific information. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Nunez, A.V., Sell, A.J. (2015 May). Does forgetting facilitate forgiveness? Studying intentional forgetting in older adults. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 

Kuretich, K., *Velasquez, C., Sell, A.J. (2015, April). Implications of a spatial representation of time on decision making. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

*Indicates undergraduate advisee.

Grant Funding

The Memory and Cognition Research Team at CLU is grateful for generous support from the Community Leaders Association, the CLU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship, and the CLU Office of Experiential Learning. 

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