Research Highlights

Interesting findings by the Emotion & Cognition Lab


When amnesia flips to enhancement... (2014)

Emotion strengthens high-priority memory traces but weakens low-priority memory traces. PDF


GANE Model - (in press)

Proposes that local interactions of norepinephine and glutamate can explain emotional arousal's apparently contradictory effects. PDF Overview and Commentaries

In Press Papers

Barber, S.J., Opitz, P.C., Martins, B., Sakaki, M., & Mather, M. (in press). Thinking about a limited future enhances the positivity of younger and older adults' recall: Support for Socioemotional Selectivity Theory. Memory & Cognition.

Barber, S.J., Mather, M., & Gatz, M. (in press). How stereotype threat affects healthy older adults' performance on clinical assessments of cognitive decline: The key role of regulatory fit. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. PDF

Clewett, D., Lee, T.H., Greening, S., Ponzio, A., Margalit, E., & Mather, M. (in press). Neuromelanin marks the spot: Identifying a locus coeruleus biomarker of cognitive reserve in healthy aging. Neurobiology of Aging. PDF

Herrera, A.Y., Nielsen, S.E.,, & Mather, M. (in press). Stress-induced increases in progesterone and cortisol in naturally cycling women. Neurobiology of Stress. PDF

Greening, S., Lee, T.H., & Mather, M. (in press). Individual differences in anticipatory somatosensory cortex activity for shock is positively related with trait anxiety and multisensory integratio\ n Brain Sciences. PDF

Martins, B., & Mather, M. (in press). Default mode network and later-life emotion regulation: Linking functional connectivity patterns and emotional outcomes. In A. D. Ong & C. E. Lockenhoff, Emotion, Aging, and Health.

Mather, M., Clewett, D., Sakaki, M., & Harley, C.W. (in press). Norepinephrine ignites local hot spots of neuronal excitation: How arousal amplifies selectivity in perception and memory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. PDF

Mather, M., & Harley, C.W. (in press). The locus coeruleus: Essential for maintaining cognitive function and the aging brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. preprint PDF Read online until Apr. 6

Mather, M. & Ponzio, A. (in press). Emotion and aging. In L. Feldman Barrett, M. Lewis, & J. Haviland-Jones (Eds.), Handbook of Emotions. PDF

Contact Info

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The Emotion and Cognition Lab
@ The University of Southern California
3715 McClintock Ave
RM: 341
Los Angeles, CA 90089