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

In Press Papers

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

Hirst, W., Phelps, E. A., Meksin, R., Vaidya, C. J., Johnson, M. K., Mitchell, K. J., Buckner, R. L., Budson, A. E., Gabrieli, J. D. E., Lustig, C., Mather, M., Ochsner, K. N., Schacter, D., Simons, J. S., Lyle, K. B., Cuc, A. F., Olsson, A. (in press). A ten-year follow-up of a study of memory for the attack of September 11, 2001: Flashbulb memories and memories for flashbulb events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

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. (in press). The affective neuroscience of aging. Annual Review of Psychology, 67. PDF

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

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