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Robert D. Mather

Robert D. Mather

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Dr. Mather is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a recognized expert in empirical social cognition research on automaticity and cognitive control, attitudes and persuasion, bias correction, stereotypes and discrimination, and leadership. This research has applications in management, consumer behavior, marketing, and forensic science. He has authored three books and over thirty articles.

He has served as Editor/Chief Executive Officer of the Journal of Scientific Psychology since 2007. 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 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).

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:


  • Knight, M., & Mather, R. D. (2008). The analysis of variance: An integrated approach to experimental design. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
  • Mather, R. D., & Hancock, J. (Eds.) (2011). The essential Knight: The art of reviewing books in psychology. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.
  • Mather, R. D., & Romo, A. (2007). Automaticity and cognitive control in social behavior. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead.

Journal Articles:

  • 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. (2007, April). Toward a unified social psychology: The integrative social paradigm. Journal of Scientific Psychology, 8-13.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.

Other Publications:

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

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Biological Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Principles of Organizational/Industrial Psychology
  • Social Automaticity
  • Social Psychology

Robert D. Mather
Department of Psychology
University of Central Oklahoma
100 North University Drive, Box 85
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
United States of America

  • Phone: (405) 974-5474
  • Fax: (405) 974-3822

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