College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Robert Mather


Phone: (405) 974-5474

Office: OLN 111C

Box: 85


  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology (Specialization: Social), Texas Tech University, 2006
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Central Oklahoma, 2000
  • B.A., Psychology, Minors: Political Science and Religious Studies, Westminster College (MO), 1998

General Information

Robert D. Mather is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma and has also taught at the in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at University of Texas at Dallas. He is editor of Journal of Scientific Psychology and has conducted experimental research on both social cognition and visual perception. He has co-authored the books Automaticity and Cognitive Control in Social Behavior (Fountainhead, 2007) and The Analysis of Variance: An Integrated Approach to Experimental Design (Kendall/Hunt, 2008).

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  • Best Researcher in Experimental Psychology, Texas Tech University, 2004-2005
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award, Westminster College, 2011


  • 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.
  • Mather, R. D., & Mather, C. M. (2009). Testing the persuasiveness of the Oklahoma Academy of Science statement on science, religion, and teaching evolution. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 89, 1-9.
  • Randolph-Seng, B., & Mather, R. D. (2009). Does subliminal persuasion work? It depends on your motivation and awareness. Skeptical Inquirer, 33, 49-53.