Aaron Mattfeld

Aaron MattfeldAssistant Professor

Cognitive Neuroscience Program
Department of Psychology
Florida International University


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Dr. Mattfeld is an alumnus of the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory and the Director of the Memory and Development (MaD) Lab, where research is focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that support learning and memory, and how these mechanisms change as a result of development and neurodevelopmental disorders. Memory is the product of a richly interacting network of brain regions. The extent to which these networks operate in concert, and the nature of their interactions, are not well understood. The MaD Lab uses multimodal imaging methodologies, as well as computational models of associative learning, to investigate both the distinct mechanisms and the interactions of different learning and memory systems. The guiding questions of the lab include: (1) What are the neural mechanisms and subsequent interactions between different learning and memory systems? (2) How do those neural mechanisms and interactions change as a function of development and neurodevelopmental diseases such as ADHD? and (3) How can our knowledge about the neurobiology of learning and memory help us develop more efficient teaching practices, as well as better diagnoses and treatments of developmental disorders?

Interests: learning and memory, development, neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, teaching practices, diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders. 

Dr. Mattfeld in the News

2014 – New York Times – A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.
To try to answer that question, Aaron T. Mattfeld, a neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, now at Florida International University in Miami, compared the brain function with resting-state M.R.I.s of three groups of adults: those whose childhood A.D.H.D persisted into adulthood; those whose had remitted; and a control group who never had a diagnosis of it. Normally, when someone is unfocused and at rest, there is synchrony of activity in brain regions known as the default mode network, which is typically more active during rest than during performance of a task. (In contrast, these brain regions in people with A.D.H.D. appear functionally disconnected from each other.) Dr. Mattfeld found that adults who had had A.D.H.D as children but no longer had it as adults had a restoration of the normal synchrony pattern, so their brains looked just like those of people who had never had it.” >>Read more