Postdoctoral Researchers

Ph.D., Texas A& M University
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Matthew Hughes received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology in 2014 from Texas A&M University under the direction of Dr. Lisa Geraci. While at A&M, he completed his doctoral dissertation entitled "The Influence of Self-perceptions of Aging on Older Adults' Cognition and Behavior." Matt's research is primarily concerned with how cognitive performance changes over the lifespan, and how we perceive our own aging process. Specifically, Matt is interested in a concept referred to as "subjective age," or how old one feels in comparison to their actual age. Matt's research has also included aging stereotypes, and how they may impact the older adults' social and cognitive well-being.

Selected Publications
           Hughes, M.L., Lowe, D.A., Shine, H.E., Carpenter, B.D., & Balsis, S. (accepted pending revisions, 2014). Using the Alzheimer’s Association website to improve knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease in healthcare providers. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.
           Hughes, M.L., Geraci, L., & De Forrest, R. (2013). Aging 5 years in 5 minutes: The effect of taking a memory test on older adults’ subjective age. Psychological Science, 24, 2481-2488.
           Geraci, L., McDaniel, M.A., Miller, T.M., and Hughes, M.L. (2013). The bizarreness effect: Evidence for the exclusive influence of retrieval processes. Memory & Cognition, 41, 1228-1237.

Ph.D., Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


Dikla graduated the PhD program at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Her main research interests are retirement and well-being, and the relationship between retirement and physical, emotional and cognitive health. Her current projects focus on the associations between occupational and non-occupational activities and cognitive changes in retirement.