*Denotes UCF student or postdoc mentee


Ebner C, Lighthall NR, El-Shafie D. (in press). Affective neuroscience of aging: An interplay of organic brain changes and shifting goals. In J. Armony & P. Vuilleumier (Eds.), Handbook of Human Affective Neuroscience (2nd Edition). Cambridge University Press.

Kworweinski L, *Blount A, Suarez J, Fukuda DH, Stout JR, Trahan E, Lighthall NR, Park J, Xie R, Ladda Thiamwong L. (2024). Comparing sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of fall risk assessments in community-dwelling older adults. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 19 581–588.

Horta, M., Shoenfelt, A., Lighthall, NR, Perez E, Frazier I, Heemskerk A, Lin T, Robert C. Wilson RC, Ebner NC. (2024). Age-group differences in trust-related decision-making and learning. Scientific Reports, 14, 68.

*Minks T, Cassisi JE, Lighthall NR, Proctor M, Mendelson S. (2024). Impact of upper limb amputation and prostheses on perceptions of competence, warmth, and functional abilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 69(1), 14-23.


*Wan X, Lighthall NR, Roque N. (2023). Predictors of technology use: Evidence from elite older adults. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 1-22. DOI – 10.1080/01924788.2023.2282276

Thiamwong L, Xie R, Park J; Lighthall N, Loerzel V, Stout J. (2023). Optimizing a technology-based body and mind intervention to prevent falls and reduce health disparities in low-income populations: Protocol for a clustered randomized controlled trial, JMIR Research Protocols, 12: e51899.

*Doheny, M., Lighthall, NR. (2023). Social cognitive neuroscience in the digital age. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 17: 1168788.

McCartney M, *Wan X, *Griep CD, Lighthall NR. (2023, Special Series: Scientific Literacy). Primary scientific literature is not just for students and academics! A study of primary source modalities and predictors of learning across adulthood. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 24 (1), DOI

Pehlivanoglu D, Lin T, Lighthall NR, Heemskerk A, Harber A, Wilson R, Turner GR, Spreng RN, Ebner NC. (2023). Facial trustworthiness perceptions across the adult lifespan. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 78(3), 434–444.


*Wan X, Lighthall NR, Xie R. (2022). Consistent and robust predictors of Internet use among older adults over time identified by machine learning. Computers in Human Behavior, 137, 107413.

Pehlivanoglu D, Lighthall NR, Lin T, Chi K, Perez E, Polk R, Cahill B, Ebner, N. (2022). Aging in an “infodemic”: The role of analytical reasoning, affect, and news consumption frequency on news veracity detection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 28(3), 468-485.

*Wan X, Lighthall NR, Paulson D. (2022). Subjective markers of successful aging and change in Internet use among older adults: The distinctive role of subjective health. Computers in Human Behavior, 127, 107064.


*Conner L, Horta M, Ebner NC, Lighthall NR. (2021). Value network engagement and effects of memory-related processing during encoding and retrieval of value. Brain and Cognition, 152, 105754.


Lighthall NR. (2020). Neural mechanisms of decision making in aging. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 11(1), e1519.


*Fernandez KN, Lighthall NR. (2019). Reward responsiveness and inhibition traits differentially predict economic biases in gain and loss contexts. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1948), 1-14.

*Farahani FV, Karwowski W, Lighthall NR. (2019). Application of graph theory for identifying connectivity patterns in human brain networks: A systematic review. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13(585), 1-27.

Frazier I, Lighthall NR, Horta M, Perez E, Ebner NC. (2019). CISDA: Changes in integration for social decisions in aging. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 10(3), e1490.

Lighthall NR, *Conner LB, Giovanello KS. (2019). Learning and memory in the aging brain: The function of declarative and nondeclarative memory over the lifespan. In G Samanez-Larkin (Ed.) The Aging Brain. Washington: DC: APA Books.


Lighthall NR, Pearson JM, Huettel, SA, Cabeza, R. (2018). Feedback-based learning in aging: Contributions and trajectories of change in striatal and hippocampal systems. Journal of Neuroscience, 

2014 an earlier

Lighthall NR, Huettel S, Cabeza R. (2014). Functional compensation in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex improves memory-dependent decisions in older adults. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(47), 15648-15657.

Lighthall NR, Gorlick MA, Schoeke A, Frank MJ, Mather M. (2013). Stress modulates reinforcement learning in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 28(1), 35-46.

Mather M, Lighthall NR. (2012). Risk and reward are processed differently in decisions made under stress. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(2), 36-41.

Mather M, Mazar N, Gorlick MA, Lighthall NR, Burgeno J, Schoeke A, Ariely D. (2012). Risk preferences and aging: The “Certainty Effect” in older adults’ decision making. Psychology and Aging, 27(4), 801-816.

Lighthall NR, Sakaki M, Vasunilashorn F, Nga L, Somayajula S, Chen EY, Samii N, Mather M. (2012). Gender differences in reward-related decision processing under stress. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7(4), 476-484.

Mather M, Lighthall NR, Nga L, Gorlick MA. (2010). Sex differences in how stress affects brain activity during face viewing. NeuroReport, 21(14), 933-937.

Lighthall NR, Mather M, Gorlick MA. (2009). Acute stress increases sex differences in risk seeking in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. PLoS ONE, 4(7), e6002.

Mather M, Gorlick MA, Lighthall NR. (2009). To brake or accelerate when the light turns yellow? Stress reduces older adults’ risk taking in a driving game. Psychological Science, 20(2), 174-176.

Kryla-Lighthall N, Mather M. (2009). The role of cognitive control in older adults’ emotional well-being. In V. Bengtson, M. Silverstein, N. Putney, and D. Gans (Eds.) Handbook on theories of aging (pp. 323-344). New York: Springer Press.

O’Hara R, Schröder C, Kraemer H, Kryla N, Cao C, Miller E, Schatzberg A, Yesavage J, Murphy G. (2005). Nocturnal sleep apnea/hypopnea is associated with lower memory performance in APOE e4 allele carriers. Neurology, 65(4), 642-644.