Anna Smith

Research Specialist
Office: 213 Qureshey Research Laboratory
Phone: (949) 824-0314


Anna began her work with Yassa Lab as a research assistant during the summer of 2016. After receiving her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Carleton College, she traded in her frigid winters for a return to the eternally sunny Irvine as a research specialist. As such, Anna manages recruitment and data collection for the lab’s ongoing aging studies, supervises and mentors undergraduates, as well as continues her work to expand Competitive Trace Theory. Her research interests are in relating cognitive models to their underlying neurobiological mechanisms. She is especially drawn to topics with an interdisciplinary scope, particularly in the realms of embodied cognition research and translational medicine.

Awards and Honors

2017     Alternate Finalist to Norway, The Fulbright Program
2017     Associate Member, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
2016    Kolenkow-Reitz Fellowship, Carleton College


  • Galotti, Kathleen M., Schneekloth, Michael J., Smith, Anna P., Bou Mansour, Carl, & Nixon, Andrea Lisa (2018). Ways of Knowing and Appraisal of Intellectual Activities. American Journal of Psychology.