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Matthew Robison

[Matthew Robison]

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Last Updated: September 22, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
individual differences in cognitive abilities; working memory; long-term memory; attention control; sustained attention; pupillometry; electrophysiology

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
working memory; attention; pupillometry; EEG

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
cognitive psychology; memory; attention; structural equation modeling; pupillometry

Biography

Biography

My research examines the human cognitive system from a variety of angles, but most of my research focuses on attention and memory. I use a combination of techniques like individual differences (factor analysis, structural equation modeling, linear mixed modeling), psychophysiology (eye-tracking, pupillometry, EEG), and behavioral experiments. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and a second major in Psychology. In 2018, I completed my PhD at the University of Oregon under the supervision of Dr. Nash Unsworth. After graduating from the UO, I worked as a postdoctoral research associate for two years at Arizona State University with Dr. Gene Brewer. I started as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 2020.

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2020 to Present Assistant Professor
      Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington
    • July 2018 to June 2020 Postdoctoral Research Associate
      Psychology, Arizona State University

Memberships

    • 2013 to Present Psychonomic Society

Publications


      2020
      • Journal Article
        Deep Neural Network for Visual Stimulus-Based Reaction Time Estimation Using the Periodogram of Single-Trial EEG
        [Chowdhury, Mohammad Samin Nur, Dutta, Arindam, Robison, MatthewKyle, Blais, Chris, Brewer, GeneArnold, Bliss, DanielWesley]. Sensors. 20(21), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s20216090
      • Journal Article
        Individual Differences in Lapses of Sustained Attention: Ocolumetric Indicators of Intrinsic Alertness
        [Unsworth, Nash, Miller, AshleyL., Robison, MatthewK.]. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 46(6), 569-592. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000734
      • Journal Article
        Working Memory Capacity and Sustained Attention: A Cognitive-Energetic Perspective
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK.]. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 46(1), 77-103. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000712

      2019
      • Journal Article
        Examining the effects of probe frequency, response options, and framing within the thought-probe method
        [Robison, MatthewK., Miller, AshleyL., Unsworth, Nash]. Behavior Research Methods. 51(1), 398-408. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-019-01212-6
      • Journal Article
        Individual differences in baseline oculometrics: Examining variation in baseline pupil diameter, spontaneous eye blink rate, and fixation stability
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK., Miller, AshleyL.]. 19(4), 1074-1093. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13415-019-00709-z

      2018
      • Journal Article
        Cognitive and Contextual Correlates of Spontaneous and Deliberate Mind-Wandering
        [Robison, MatthewK., Unsworth, Nash]. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 44(1), 85-98. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000444
      • Journal Article
        Contralateral Delay Activity Tracks Fluctuations in Working Memory Performance
        [Adam, Kirsten C. S., Robison, MatthewK., Vogel, EdwardK.]. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30(9), 1229-1240. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01233
      • Journal Article
        Individual Differences in Working Memory Capacity and Filtering
        [Robison, MatthewK., Miller, AshleyL., Unsworth, Nash]. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 44(7), 1038-1053. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000513
      • Journal Article
        Pupillary Correlates of Fluctuations in Sustained Attention
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK., Miller, AshleyL.]. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30(9), 1241-1253. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01251

      2017
      • Journal Article
        Individual Differences in Working Memory Capacity Predict Learned Control Over Attentional Capture
        [Robison, MatthewK., Unsworth, Nash]. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 43(11), 1912-1924. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000419
      • Journal Article
        No Evidence for Enhancements to Visual Working Memory With Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation to Prefrontal or Posterior Parietal Cortices
        [Robison, MatthewK., McGuirk, WilliamP., Unsworth, Nash]. Behavioral Neuroscience. 131(4), 277-288. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bne0000202
      • Journal Article
        The Importance of Arousal for Variation in Working Memory Capacity and Attention Control: A Latent Variable Pupillometry Study
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK.]. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 43(12), 1962-1987. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000421
      • Journal Article
        The neurotic wandering mind: An individual differences investigation of neuroticism, mind-wandering, and executive control
        [Robison, MatthewK., Gath, KatherineI., Unsworth, Nash]. 70(4), 649-663. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2016.1145706

      2016
      • Journal Article
        Do Participants Differ in Their Cognitive Abilities, Task Motivation, or Personality Characteristics as a Function of Time of Participation?
        [Robison, MatthewK., Unsworth, Nash]. Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 42(6), 897-913. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/xlm0000215

      2015
      • Journal Article
        Individual differences in the allocation of attention to items in working memory: Evidence from pupillometry
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK.]. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 22(3), 757-765. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13423-014-0747-6
      • Journal Article
        Working Memory Capacity Offers Resistance to Mind-Wandering and External Distraction in a Context-Specific Manner
        [Robison, MatthewK., Unsworth, Nash]. Applied Cognitive psychology. 29(5), 680-690. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.3150

      2014
      • Journal Article
        Recall initiation strategies must be controlled in training studies that use immediate free recall tasks to measure the components of working memory capacity across time
        [Gibson, BradleyS., Gondoli, DawnM., Johnson, AnnC., Robison, MatthewK.]. 20(5), 539-556. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09297049.2013.826185

      2017
      • Other
        A locus coeruleus-norepinephrine account of individual differences in working memory capacity and attention control
        [Unsworth, Nash, Robison, MatthewK.]. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 24(4), 1282-1311. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13423-016-1220-5

Presentations

    • November  2020
      Robison, MatthewK (Author & Presenter), "Individual differences in arousal regulation and long-term memory", Psychonomic Society, Virtual. (November , 2020).
    • November  2020
      Robison, MatthewK, "Individual differences in working memory capacity and filtering", Psychonomic Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada. (November , 2020).
    • October  2020
      Robison, MatthewK, "A multimodal investigation of sustained attention", University of Notre Dame, Virtual. (October , 2020).
    • February  2019
      Robison, MatthewK, "Acute pain disrupts sustained attention", Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA. (February , 2019).
    • November  2018
      Robison, MatthewK, "Pupillometry tracks fluctuations in working memory performance", Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA. (November , 2018).
    • September  2017
      Robison, MatthewK, "Working memory capacity: Multiple mechanisms of control", University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. (September , 2017).
    • November  2015
      Robison, MatthewK, "The neurotic wandering mind: An individual differences investigation of neuroticism, mind-wandering, and executive control", Psychonomic Society, Chicago, IL. (November , 2015).

Students Supervised

    • Present
      Undergraduate Supervised Research
      Brian Nguyen, (Biology)
    • Present
      Dissertation Committee Member
      Maxine Geltmeier, (Psychology)
    • Present
      Graduate Capstone/Senior Project
      Phil Peper,
    • Present
      Master's Thesis Committee Member
      Durna Alakbarova, (Psychology)

Courses

      • PSYC 4281-031 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
        (Course Id: 108723)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • PSYC 4381-031 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
        (Course Id: 108761)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • PSYC 5191-031 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
        (Course Id: 108770)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • PSYC 4398-031 HONORS THESIS
        (Course Id: 108763)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021
      • PSYC 4181-031 RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
        (Course Id: 108720)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2021