Julia Nolte
Julia Nolte
Ph.D. Candidate

G224 Martha Van Rensselaer (MVR) Hall


Julia is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Healthy Aging Laboratory.

Julia first joined the Psychology department (formerly called the Human Development department) as Cornell’s 2015-2016 Heidelberg Exchange Fellow and a Fulbright grantee. In 2017, Julia returned to Cornell to obtain a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology with Dr. Corinna Löckenhoff.

Her research interests span risk perception, decision making, lifespan development, and health. Specifically, Julia researches age differences in intentional information seeking and -avoidance, in the reliance on decision strategies and heuristics, and in the susceptibility to reasoning biases and misinformation.

Before returning to Cornell, Julia worked with the Funke Lab for Problem-Solving at Heidelberg University (2013-2017) and Valerie F. Reyna's Rational Decision Making Lab at Cornell University (2015-2016). In addition, she completed research visits with the Nock Lab at Harvard University (2016), the Cognition and Health Research Group at Oxford University (2016) and Cambridge University's Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication (2017).

I am a 2020-2022 Graduate Lead Fellow at the Center for Teaching Innovation (CTI) at Cornell University, where I have taught the following graduate workshops:

University-Wide GET SET Teaching Conference

Engaging Your Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Equitable Access in the Online Classroom

Designing Learning Activities


I have served as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) for the following undergraduate courses:

COGST 1101-001 - Introduction to Cognitive Science (Roy Moyal, M.A.)

HD3290 - Self-Regulation Across the Lifespan (Prof. Corinna E. Löckenhoff)

HD2180 - Human Development: Adulthood and Aging (Prof. Corinna E. Löckenhoff)


Deng, S. L., Nolte, J., & Löckenhoff, C. E. (under revision). Information avoidance in consumer choice: Do avoidance tendencies and motives vary by age?


Nolte, J., Löckenhoff, C. E., & Reyna, V. F. (2022). The influence of verbatim versus gist formatting on younger and older adults’ information acquisition and decision making. Psychology and Aging.


Nolte, J.,, Deng, S. L., & Löckenhoff, C. E. (2021). Age differences in media consumption and avoidance with respect to COVID-19. Journals of Gerontology, Series B, gbab123. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab123

Nolte, J., Hanoch, Y., Wood, S. A., & Hengerer, D. (2021). Susceptibility to COVID-19 scams: Does age matter? Frontiers in Psychology: Psychology of Aging. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.789883

Nolte, J., Hanoch, Y., Wood, S. A., & Reyna, V. F. (2021). Compliance with mass marketing solicitation: The role of verbatim and gist processing. Brain and Behavior, e32391. https://doi.org/10.1002/brb3.2391

Nolte, J., & Löckenhoff, C. E. (2021). Is reliance on the affect heuristic associated with age? Journals of Gerontology, Series B, gbab126. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab126

Pillemer, K. A., Silver, S., Ramirez, M., Kong, J., Eimicke, J., Boratgis, G., Meador, R., Schultz, L., Lachs, M., Nolte, J., Chen, E., & Teresi, J. (2021). Factors associated with resident-to-resident elder mistreatment in nursing homes. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.17622


Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., Reyna, V. F., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). The influence of explanatory images on risk perceptions and treatment preference. Arthritis Care and Research, 70(11), 1707–1711. https://doi.org/10.1002/acr.23517

Fraenkel, L., Reyna, V. F., Cozmuta, R., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2018). Do visual aids influence patients’ risk perceptions for rare and very rare risks? Patient Education and Counseling, 101(11), 1900–1905. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2018.06.007

For my extension and outreach activities (volunteering & academic services), please see my CV.



2021 - Nolte, J. (2021). Ageing in an information age. Ageing in Europe Newsletter, Special Issue 31, 37–40. https://www.europeansociology.org/sites/default/files/2021-07/Newsletter_Ageing%20in%20Europe_31_PhD.pdf

Nolte, J. (2020). Unexpected lessons from conducting research with older adults. Journal of Stories in Science. https://storiesinscience.org/2020/04/04/unexpected-lessons-from-conducting-research-with-older-adults/



2020 - Nolte, J. (2020). How to practice “safe failure”. Inside Higher Education. https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/09/29/how-fail-successfully-graduate-school-and-beyond-opinion

Nolte, J. (2020). Why comparing yourself to other graduate students is counter-productive. Nature, 587, 319–320. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-03040-7



2019 - I am Human Ecology (Video profile, Cornell University): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4GynM1TLM

2018 - Measuring the Invisible: How Do Diverse Methods Compare? (Selected speaker - SPARK talk series, Cornell University): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq3h0KgkLJc

2017 - Different, not Defective: Expanding Our View on Aging (Selected speaker – SPARK talk series, Cornell University): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVY3G08Tmok

2022, Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

2020, M.A. , Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

2017, M.Sc., Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany

2016, Exchange Fellow, Developmental Psychology, Cornell University

2014, B.Sc., Psychology, Heidelberg University, Germany

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