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.
ABOUT AGING RESEARCH
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
ABOUT ME & MY WORK
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