Pete Millar

PetePete Millar received his B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University, where he was a member of Dr. Ayanna Thomas’s Cognitive Aging & Memory Lab. He completed an honors thesis examining decision biases in younger and older adults. He then worked as a lab manager at Brandeis University in Dr. Angela Gutchess’s Aging, Culture, & Cognition Lab, where mostly worked on studies of cultural differences in memory specificity and attention. Now, as a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology Lab, he is interested in cognitive and biological changes associated with healthy aging and Alzheimer Dementia. He is currently studying memory consolidation during periods of rest or sleep.


  • Millar, P. R., Balota, D. A., Bishara, A. J., & Jacoby, L. L. (2018). Multinomial models reveal deficits of two distinct controlled retrieval processes in aging and very mild Alzheimer disease. Memory & Cognition, 46(7), 1058-1075. doi:10.3758/s13421-018-0821-9 PDF
  • Millar, P.R., Serbun, S.J., Vadalia, A., & Gutchess, A.H. (2013). Cross-cultural differences in memory specificity. Culture and Brain, 1 (2-4), 138-157. doi: 10.1007/s40167-013-0011-3.

  • Thomas, A.K. & Millar, P.R. (2012). Reducing the framing effect bias in older adults by encouraging analytical processing. Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67B (2), 139-149. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbr076.


  • Millar, PR, Balota, DA, Maddox, GB, Duchek, JM, Aschenbrenner, AJ, Fagan, AM, & Morris, JC (October 2015). Recollection is sensitive to Clinical Dementia Rating and preclinical CSF biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease. Poster presented at the Leonard Berg Symposium, St. Louis, MO.
  • Millar, PR & Balota, DA (September 2015). Wakeful rest benefits memory for materials that are incidentally encoded. Poster presented at the Washington University Neuroscience Retreat, Grafton, IL.
  • Johnson, N, Millar, PR, & Balota, DA (July 2015). Exploring the cognitive mechanisms underlying memory benefits of wakeful rest. Poster presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, Stamford, CT
  • Millar, PR & Balota, DA (June 2015). Wakeful rest does not benefit prior learning when rehearsal is limited. Poster presented at the Missouri Psychological Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Millar, PR, Arslan, B, Gutchess, AH, Boduroglu, A, & Sekuler, R (November 2013). Cultural differences in flanker task interference. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.
  • Gutchess, AH, Millar, PR, Serbun, S, & Vadalia, A (May 2013). Culture affects memory for object details. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Millar, PR (April 2010). Risk-taking behavior in elderly decision-making. Poster presented at the Tufts University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Medford, MA.