Matt received his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. He then spent four years as a post doctoral fellow at the Social Cognition Center Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany. Matt joined the faculty at UF in 2019. His research explores the dynamic interaction between people and the worlds they inhabit. How do people influence the worlds they live in, and how do those worlds influence people in return? Some topics of interest include political ideology and polarization, the temporal self, nostalgia, authenticity, and socio-ecological processes.