Andrew Bender

Assistant Professor



Dr. Bender earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience from the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University in 2014, followed by a year-long postdoctoral appointment with the Institute of Gerontology. In 2018, he completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Lifespan Development at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany, before joining the departments of Epidemiology-Biostatistics and Neurology-Ophthalmology at MSU. Trained as a cognitive neuroscientist, with a broad focus on lifespan development and aging, quantitative methods, Dr. Bender’s work seeks to understand how individual differences in vascular, metabolic, and lifestyle risk factors contribute to changes in the brain’s structure and function in normal aging and in dementia.

Selected Publications: 
Bender, A. R., Keresztes, A., Bodammer, N. C., Shing, Y. L., Werkle-Bergner, M., Daugherty, A. M., Yu, Q, Kühn, S., Lindenberger, U., & Raz, N. (2018). Optimization and validation of automated hippocampal subfield segmentation across the lifespan. Human Brain Mapping, 39(2), 916-931.
Keresztes, A., Bender, A. R., Bodammer, N. C., Lindenberger, U., Shing, Y. L., & Werkle-Bergner, M. (2017). Hippocampal maturity promotes memory distinctiveness in childhood and adolescence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(34), 9212-9217.
Bender, A. R., Naveh-Benjamin, M., Amann, K., & Raz, N. (2017). The role of stimulus distinctiveness in memory for face-name associations in healthy adults: Friend or foe? Psychology and Aging, 32(5), 489-505.
Wisse, L. E. M. Daugherty, A. M. Olsen, R. K., Berron, D., Carr, V. A., Stark, C. E. L., Amaral, R. S. C., Amunts, K., Augustinack, J. C., Bender, A. R. . . . la Joie, R. (2017). A harmonized segmentation protocol for hippocampal and parahippocampal subregions: why do we need one and what are the key goals? Hippocampus, 27(1), 3-11.
Daugherty, A. M., Bender, A. R., Yuan, P., & Raz, N. (2016). Changes in search path complexity and length during learning of a virtual water maze: Age differences and differential associations with hippocampal subfields volumes. Cerebral Cortex, 26(6), 2391-2401.
Rosada, A., Kassner, U., Banisch, D., Bender, A. Steinhagen-Thiessen, E., & Vogt, A. (2016). Quality of life in patients treated with lipoprotein apheresis. Journal of Clinical Lipidology, 10(2), 323-329.
Bender, A. R., Prindle, J. J., Brandmaier, A. M., & Raz, N. (2016). White matter and memory in healthy adults: Coupled changes over two years. NeuroImage, 131, 193-204.
Persson, N., Ghisletta, P., Dahle, C. L., Bender, A. R., Daugherty, A. M., Yang, Y., Yuan, P., & Raz, N. (2016). Regional brain shrinkage and change in cognitive performance over two years: The bidirectional influences of the brain and cognitive reserve factors. NeuroImage, 126 15-26.
Bender, A. R., Voelkle, M. C., & Raz, N. (2016). Differential aging of cerebral white matter in middle-aged and older adults: A seven-year follow-up. NeuroImage, 125, 74-83.
Daugherty, A. M., Bender, A. R., Raz, N., & Ofen, N. (2016). Age differences in hippocampal subfield volumes from childhood to late adulthood. Hippocampus, 26(2), 220-228.
Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2015). Normal-appearing cerebral white matter in healthy adults: Mean change over two years and individual differences in change. Neurobiology of Aging, 36, 1834-1848.
Yushkevich, P., Amaral, R. S. C, Austinack, J. C., Bender, A. R., Bernstein, J. D. Boccardi, M., . . . Zeineh, M. M. for the Hippocampal Subfields Group (HSG). (2015). Quantitative comparison of 21 protocols for labeling hippocampal subfields and parahippocampal cortical subregions in in vivo MRI: Towards developing a harmonized segmentation protocol. NeuroImage, 111, 526-541.
Daugherty, A. M., Yuan, P., Dahle, C. L., Bender, A. R., Yang, Y., & Raz, N. (2015). Path complexity in virtual water maze navigation: Differential associations with age, sex, and regional brain volume. Cerebral Cortex, 25 (9), 3122-3131.
Yang, Y., Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2015). Age related differences in reaction time components and diffusion properties of normal-appearing white matter. Neuropsychologia, 66, 246-258.
Raz, N., Daugherty, A. M., Bender, A. R., Dahle, C. L., & Land, S. (2015). Volume of the hippocampal subfields in healthy adults: differential associations with age and a pro-inflammatory genetic variant. Brain Structure and Function, 220(5), 2663-2674.
Persson, N., Ghisletta, P., Dahle, C. L., Bender, A. R., Yang, Y., Yuan, P., Daugherty, A., & Raz, N. (2014). Regional brain shrinkage over two years: Individual differences and effects of pro-inflammatory genetic polymorphisms. NeuroImage, 103, 334-348.
Bender, A. R., Daugherty, A. & Raz, N. (2013). Vascular risk moderates associations between hippocampal subfield volumes and memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(11), 1851-1862.
Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2012). A synergistic effect of genetic and vascular risk on episodic memory in a lifespan sample of healthy adults. Neuropsychology, 4(26), 442-450.
Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2012). Age-related differences in memory and executive functions in healthy APOE 4 carriers: The contribution of individual differences in prefrontal volumes and systolic blood pressure. Neuropsychologia, 50(5), 704-714.
Bender, A. R., & Raz, N. (2012). Age-related differences in recognition memory for items and associations: Contribution of individual differences in working memory and metamemory. Psychology and Aging, 27(3), 691-700.
Bender, A. R., Naveh-Benjamin, M., & Raz, N. (2010). Associative deficit in recognition memory in a lifespan sample of healthy adults. Psychology and Aging, 25(4), 940-948.
Education and Professional Positions: 
Ph.D., Psychology – Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Wayne State University, 2014
M.A., Experimental Psychology, San Diego State University, 2006
B.S., Psychology, University of Arizona, 1998
Academic Appointments
Academic Appointments: 
2018 - present, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Department of Neurology & Ophthalmology, Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Training
Postdoctoral Training: 
2015 – 2018, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Lifespan Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
2014 – 2015, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University
Society for Neuroscience
Gerontological Society of America
American Psychological Association
Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Cognitive Neuroscience Society

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