Mara Mather

Associate Research Scientist (Max Planck Sabbatical Award)    
Lifespan Psychology

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Mara Mather is Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the University of Southern California and holds an A.B. in psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

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Mara Mather’s research focuses on how emotion and stress affect memory and decisions and how such influences differ depending on one’s age and gender.

Selected Literature:

  • Kennedy, B. L., Huang, R., & Mather, M. (2019). Age differences in emotion-induced blindness: Positivity effects in early attention. Emotion.
  • Clewett, D., Huang, R., Velasco, R., Lee, T. H., & Mather, M. (2018). Locus coeruleus activity strengthens prioritized memories under arousal. Journal of Neuroscience, 38 (6) 1558–1574.
  • Lee, T. H., Greening, S. G., Ueno, T., Clewett, D., Ponzio, A., Sakaki, M., & Mather, M. (2018). Arousal increases neural gain via the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system in younger adults but not in older adults. Nature Human Behavior, 2, 356–366.
  • Nashiro, K., Sakaki, M., Braskie, M. N., & Mather, M. (2017). Resting-state networks associated with cognitive processing show more age-related decline than those associated with emotional processing. Neurobiology of Aging, 54, 152–162.
  • Clewett, D., Lee, T. H., Greening, S., Ponzio, A., Margalit, E., & Mather, M. (2016). Neuromelanin marks the spot: Identifying a locus coeruleus biomarker of cognitive reserve in healthy aging. Neurobiology of Aging, 37, 117–126.
  • Mather, M. (2016). The affective neuroscience of aging. Annual Review of Psychology, 67, 213–238.
  • Mather, M., Clewett, D., Sakaki, M., & Harley, C. W. (2016). Norepinephrine ignites local hot spots of neuronal excitation: How arousal amplifies selectivity in perception and memory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39.
  • Mather, M., & Harley, C. W. (2016). The locus coeruleus: Essential for maintaining cognitive function and the aging brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 214–226.
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