Brad Mattan

Brad Mattan

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Role of Self-Relevance in Social Cognition and Ageing

Supervisors: Kimberly Quinn, Pia Rotshtein

Brad Mattan is a doctoral researcher exploring the effects of ageing on social cognitive abilities such as perspective taking. Adapting existing perspective-taking paradigms, Brad has shown that older participants tend to prioritise personally relevant perspectives relative to irrelevant perspectives (e.g., a stranger's perspective). Brad recently won a Universitas 21 Travel Award to participate in the U21 Graduate Research Conference on Ageing in Auckland, New Zealand.


  • B.A. Psychology and Philosphy, University of Notre Dame
  • M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago


Brad Mattan studied Psychology and Philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Following his graduation, he spent 3 years living in Ecuador, where he worked as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and later as a field consultant for Community Enterprise Solutions. Brad then returned to the U.S. to complete his Masters of Arts degree in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago before crossing the Atlantic to conduct his Ph.D. research at the University of Birmingham.


Research interests

Ageing, Social Cognition, Social Cognitive Neuroscience, Stereotyping and Prejudice, Person Perception


Published Work: 

Mattan, B., Quinn, K. A., Apperly, I. A., Sui, J., & Rotshtein, P. (Dec. 22, 2014).  Is it always me first? The effects of self-tagging on third-person perspective-taking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. doi:10.1037/xlm0000078

Narvaez, D., Mattan, B., MacMichael, C., & Squillace, M. (2008). Kill bandits, collect gold or save the dying: the effects of playing a prosocial video game. Media Psychology Review, 1 (1). Available 31/08/08 from 

Manuscripts under Review: 

Mattan, B., Rotshtein, P., & Quinn, K. A. (under review).  Empathy and visual perspective-taking performance. Cognitive Neuroscience.

Mattan, B., Rotshtein, P., Rappaport, S., & Quinn, K. A. (under review). Individual differences in cross-race bias modulate adaptation to ingroup and outgroup faces: An fMRI study.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Powell, N. L., Zumbe, S., Beck, S., Mattan, B., & Quinn, K. A. (under review).  Is it worth the effort? Moral elevation without outcome knowledge does not promote helping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 

Manuscripts in Preparation: 

Mattan, B. & Cloutier, J. (in preparation). Legal or illegal: Individual differences in stereotype content endorsement and explicit bias affects implicitly assessed bias toward immigrants.

Mattan, B. D., Rotshtein, P., Sumner, E., & Quinn, K. A. (in preparation). Friends, enemies, and the (in)famous: Day-to-day relevance and valence independently predict perceptual prioritization of self and non-self entities.