Thomas M. Hess

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator

Department of Psychology

Campus Box 7650

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7650

Lab Phone: (919) 515-9063

Office Phone: (919) 515-1729

Fax: (919) 515-1716


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  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center
  • M.A., Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.S. Psychology The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Recent Publications

  • Queen, T.L., & Hess, T.M. (in press). Linkages between resources, motivation, and engagement in everyday activities. Motivation Science.
  • Hess, T.M., O’Brien, E.L., & Growney, C.M. (in press). Use of descriptive and experiential information in decision making by young and older adults. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.
  • Hess, T.M., O’Brien, E.L., Kornadt, A., Voss, P., Rothermund, K., Fung, H., & Popham, L.E. (in press). Context influences on the relationship between views of aging and subjective age: the moderating role of culture and domain of functioning. Psychology and Aging.
  • O’Brien, E.L., Hess, T.M., Kornadt, A.E., Rothermund, K., Fung, H., & Voss, P. (in press). Context influences on the subjective experience of aging: the impact of culture and domains of functioning. The Gerontologist.
  • Kornadt, A.E., Hess, T.M., Voss, P., & Rothermund, K. (in press). Subjective age across the life span – A differentiated, longitudinal approach. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • Hess, T.M., Popham, L.E., & Growney, C.M. (in press). Age-related effects on memory for social stimuli: The role of valence, arousal, and emotional responses. Experimental Aging Research, 43, 105 – 123.
  • Popham, L.M., & Hess, T.M. (2017). Age Differences in Emotion Regulation Under Stressful Conditions.
  • Growney, C.M., & Hess, T.M. (2017). Affective influences on older adults’ attention to self-relevant negative information.
  • Iyengar, V., Wing, E.A., Hess, T.M., Labar, K.S., Huettel, S.A., & Cabeza, R. (2016). Neural mechanisms underlying subsequent memory for personal beliefs: An fMRI study.
  • Hess, T.M., & Smith, B.T. (2016). Linkages between age-related changes in the costs of cognitive engagement, motivation, and behavior. In T. Braver (ed.), Motivation and cognitive control (pp. 339 – 360). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Dennis, P.A., & Hess, T.M. (2016). Aging-related gains and losses associated with word production in connected speech. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 23, 638 – 650.
  • Hess, T.M., Smith, B.T., & Sharifian, N. (2016). Aging and effort expenditure: The impact of subjective perceptions of task demands. Psychology and Aging, 31, 653 – 660. PMID: 27831709
  • Hess, T.M., Strough, J., & Löckenhoff, C.E. (2015). Aging and decision making: Empirical and applied perspectives. New York: Elsevier.
  • Kistler, C.E., Hess, T.M., Howard, K., Pignone, M., Crutchfield, T.M., Hawley, S.T., Brenner, A.T., Ward, K., & Lewis, C.L. (2015). Older adults’ preferences for colorectal cancer screening test attributes and test choice. Patient Preference and Adherence, 9, 1005–1016.
  • Smith, B.T, & Hess, T.M. (2015). The impact of motivation and task difficulty on resource engagement: differential influences on cardiovascular responses of young and older adults. Motivation Science, 1, 22-36.
  • Popham, L.E., & Hess, T.M. (2015). Age differences in the underlying mechanisms of stereotype threat effects. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 70, 225-234.