Dr. Matthew Sanders

College of Letters and Sciences

Teaching & Research

Matt Sanders holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience, from the University of Miami. He served as a Post-doctoral Fellow at UCLA and as an Assistant Professor at Marquette University.

Matt Sanders

Matt currently serves as Associate Faculty in the Psychology Department at National University, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Marquette University. Matt has taught a wide array of Psychology courses (including Introductory Psychology, Methods and Designs, Statistics, Learning Theory, Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology). He has taught at Universities, Colleges, Community Colleges, and Technical Colleges, in Los Angeles, Miami, Greenville and Milwaukee. He is enthusiastic about all fields, and all students, of Psychology.

Matt’s research has been conducted mostly within the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. His predoctoral work focused on the neurobiology of learning and memory deficits that follow traumatic brain injury. His post-doctoral research focused on the acquisition, expression, and extinction of fear memories. While most of his professional work has focused on fear processes in laboratory animals, his most recent work concerns Terror Management and personality processes in human participants.

Some Recent Publications

Sanders, M.J. (2011). Context processing in aging: older mice are impaired in renewal of extinguished fear. Experimental Aging Research, 37, 572-594.

Sanders, M.J, Stevens, S.J., Boeh, H.A. (2010). Stress enhancement of fear learning in mice is dependent upon stressor type: Effects of sex and ovarian hormones. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 94, 254-262.

Blaeser, F., Sanders, M.J., Truong, N., Ko, S., Wu, L.J., Wozniak, D.F., Fanselow, M.S., Zhuo, M., Chatila, T.A. (2006). Long term memory deficits in pavlovian fear conditioning in CaMKK-alpha deficient mice. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 23, 9105-9115.

Taylor, A., Rahman, S., Tio, D., Sanders, M., Bando, J., Truong, A., Prolo, P. (2006). Lasting neuro-endocrine-immune effects of traumatic brain injury in rats. Journal of Neurotrauma, 23, 1802-1813.

Wiltgen, B.J., Sanders, M.J., Anagnostaras, S.G., Sage, J.R., Fanselow, M.S. (2006). Context fear learning in the absence of the hippocampus. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 5484-5491.

Sanders, M.J., Kieffer, B.L., Fanselow, M.S. (2005). Deletion of the mu opioid receptor results in impaired acquisition of Pavlovian context fear. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 84, 33-41.

Wiltgen, B.J., Sanders, M.J., Ferguson, C., Homanics, G.E., Fanselow M.S. (2005). Trace fear conditioning is enhanced in mice lacking the delta subunit of the GABAA receptor. Learning and Memory, 12, 327-333.

Walwyn, W., Maidment, N.T., Sanders, M., Evans, C.J., Kieffer, B.L., Hales T.G. (2005). Induction of delta opioid receptor function by up-regulation of membrane receptors in mouse primary afferent neurons. Molecular Pharmacology, 68, 1688-1698.

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