Matthew Brubaker | Springfield College

Matthew Brubaker

Matthew Brubaker

Assistant Professor of Psychology / Director of Undergraduate Psychology Program
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  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 2015
  • Master of Arts, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., 2009
  • Bachelor of Arts, Taylor University, Upland, Ind., 2007

Matthew Brubaker's research background is in cognitive psychology. His main interest is studying episodic memory across the lifespan, particularly how aging affects memory performance and finding ways to improve older adults’ memory. He also is interested in studying the role that attention and psychosocial factors, such as stereotype threat, may have on memory performance.

Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Senior Capstone Seminar
Research Interests
  • Memory and aging
  • Decision making
  • Psychosocial and situational factors affecting cognitive performance

Selected Works


  • Brubaker, M.S., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2014) Can semantic relatedness alleviate the associative deficit in older adults’ short-term/working memory? Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Brubaker, M.S., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2014) The role of stereotype threat in older adults’associative memory deficit. Poster presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Long Beach, CA.


  • Brubaker, M.S., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2014) The effects of presentation rate and retention interval on memory for items and associations in younger adults: A simulation of older adults’ associative memory deficit. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21, 1-26.
  • Naveh-Benjamin, M., Guez, J., Hara, Y., Brubaker, M.S., Loewenschuss-Erlich, I. (2014) The effects of divided attention on encoding processes under incidental and intentional learning instructions: Underlying mechanisms?Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 1682-1696.
  • Naveh-Benjamin, M., Brubaker, M. S., & Fine. H. (2012). How the measurement of memory processes can affect memory performance: The case of remember/know judgments. Poster presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Minneapolis, MN.