Mara Mather University of Southern California

Cognition/Human Learning

For her innovative research elucidating the interaction of emotion, cognition, and aging. Mara Mather’s work reflects an analytic grasp of complex theoretical issues and empirical findings, deep scholarship, insightful and integrative ideas, creative methodology, and lucid prose. She has made novel contributions to our understanding of the reciprocal relations among emotion, memory, and choice and has proposed a new and incisive framework for understanding how arousal influences feature binding in working memory. Her research on how age-related differences in socioemotional goals, emotion regulation, and cognitive control affect attention and memory creates promising new directions for cognitive/affective psychology and neuroscience.