I am interested in how individuals process and respond to emotionally charged information, and how to effectively organize and classify these responses.  I use multiple techniques for understanding emotional experience, including both behavioral measures (e.g., ratings, facial expression behavior) and physiological measures (e.g., brain imaging).

My interest in the psychology of emotion began in the domain of music. Music can influence us psychologically and physiologically, and I did some work in this area as an undergraduate (MuE) and master’s student (Bregman Media Labs).


Mattek, A. M., Wolford, G., & Whalen, P. J. (2017). A mathematical model captures the structure of subjective affect. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(3), 508-526. [pdf]
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Mattek, A. M., Whalen, P. J., Berkowitz, J. L., & Freeman, J. B. (2016). Differential effects of cognitive load on subjective versus motor responses to ambiguously valenced facial expressions.  Emotion.  Advance online publication. [pdf]

Whalen, P. J., Raila, H., Bennett, R., Mattek, A., Brown, A., Taylor, J., et al. (2013). Neuroscience and facial expressions of emotion: The role of amygdala—prefrontal interactions. Emotion Review, 5(1), 78-83.

Mattek, A. & Casey, M. (2011). Cross-modal aesthetics from a feature-extraction perspective: a pilot study. Proceedings of the 12th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference. [pdf]

Mattek, A., Freeman, M., & Humphrey, E. (2010). Revisiting Cagean composition methodology with a modern computational implementation. Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. [pdf]