Research Highlights


Arousal-biased competition
A new theory addresses why arousal sometimes enhances and sometimes impairs memory for neutral information. PDF


Frontopolar regions help update emotional memories...
...while the amygdala may work to maintain original emotional memories at the cost of updating them. PDF

In Press Papers

Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (in press). How retellings shape younger and older adults' memories. Journal of Cognitive Psychology. PDF

Barber, S. J., & Mather, M. (in press). Stereotype threat in older adults: When and why does it occur, and who is most affected? To appear in P. Verhaeghen & C. Hertzog (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Everyday Problem Solving During Adulthood. PDF

Clewett, D., Bachman, S., & Mather, M. (in press). Age-related reduced prefrontal-amygdala structural connectivity is associated with lower trait anxiety. Neuropsychology. PDF

Clewett, D.*, Luo, S.*, Hsu, E., Ainslie, G., Mather, M., & Monterosso, J. (in press). Increased functional coupling between the left fronto-parietal network and anterior insula predicts steeper delay discounting in smokers. Human Brain Mapping. *co-first authors PDF

Clewett, D., Schoeke, A., & Mather, M. (in press). Locus coeruleus neuromodulation of memories encoded during negative or unexpected action outcomes. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. PDF

Lee, T. H., Baek, J., Lu, Z.L., & Mather, M. (in press). How arousal modulates the visual contrast sensitivity function. Emotion. PDF

Lee, T. H., Sakaki, M., Cheng, R., Velasco, R., & Mather, M. (in press). Emotional arousal amplifies the effects of biased competition in the brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. PDF

Sakaki, M., Fryer, K., & Mather, M. (in press). Emotion strengthens high priority memory traces but weakens low priority memory traces. Psychological Science. PDF

Sakaki, M., Kuhbandner, C., Mather, M., & Pekrun, R. (in press). Memory suppression can help people "unlearn" behavioral responses -- but only for non-emotional memories. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. PDF

Sakaki, M., Ycaza, A. E., & Mather, M. (in press). Association learning for emotional harbinger cues: When do previous emotional associations impair and when do they facilitate subsequent learning of new associations? Emotion. PDF

Sutherland, M.R., & Mather, M. (in press). Negative arousal increases the effects of stimulus salience in older adults Experimental Aging Research. PDF

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