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Professor/Assistant Dean

University of Central Oklahoma

About

Robert Mather is a professor of Psychology and the assistant dean of the Jackson College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. He conducts research in social psychology and human factors of visual perception. He served the Journal of Scientific Psychology as editor from 2007-2012 and as CEO from 2012-2015. He has received several awards, including the Young Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College and the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Oklahoma Psychological Society.

He earned his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Specialization in Social Psychology) from Texas Tech University, his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma, and his B.A. in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Religious Studies from Westminster College (MO).

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

DeLucia, P. R., & Mather, R. D. (2006). Motion extrapolation of car-following scenes in younger and older drivers. Human Factors, 48, 666-674.

DeLucia, P. R., Mather, R. D., Griswold, J. A., & Mitra, S. (2006). Toward the improvement of image-guided interventions for minimally invasive surgery: Three factors that affect performance. Human Factors, 48, 23-38.

Mather, R. D., & DeLucia, P. R. (2007). Testing for effects of racial attitudes and visual contrast on the speed of a driver's response to a pedestrian. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 10, 437-446.

Mather, R. D. (2008). Social cognitive human factors of automobile driving. In S. E. Paterson & L. K. Allan. (Eds.), Road traffic: Safety, modeling, and impacts (pp. 385-401). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Reich, D. A., & Mather, R. D. (2008). Busy perceivers and ineffective suppression goals: A critical role for distracter thoughts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 706-718.

Randolph-Seng, B., & Mather, R. D. (2009). Does subliminal persuasion work? It depends on your motivation and awareness. Skeptical Inquirer, 33, 49-53.

Mather, R. D., Martinez, A. M., Lord, W. D., & Boudreaux, M. C. (2013, August). The evolutionary forensic psychology of child abductions and child homicides. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 14-22.

Mather, R. D., & Jefferson, K. W. (2016, May). The authoritarian voter? The psychology and values of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders support. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 1-8.

Mather, R. D., Belden, D., & Sherwood, H. (2017, December). Social cognitive factors of multi-level marketing. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 44-52.

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