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Lab Head: Professor Jason B. Mattingley
Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at The University of Queensland
Jason Mattingley

Contact details at the Queensland Brain Institute
+617 3346 6331
QBI Building #79, Room 342
Personal webpage:
Postal address:
    Queensland Brain Institute

    The University of Queensland
    St Lucia 4072

Contact details at the School of Psychology
Phone: +617 3346 7935
Office: McElwain Building #24A, Room 417

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Postal address:
School of Psychology
    McElwain Building
    The University of Queensland
    St Lucia 4072

Current research

Professor Mattingley's research investigates how the brain gives rise to perception, cognition and motor behaviour, in health and disease. He has examined this issue across a range of domains, from the initial filtering and prioritisation of sensory information to object recognition processes, multisensory interactions, executive control and action planning. Studies conducted in his laboratory also focus on implicit and explicit learning, cognitive training, and the role of attention and neural oscillations in brain plasticity. He seeks converging evidence from multiple empirical techniques, including behavioural measures in healthy participants and neurological patient groups, brain imaging and brain stimulation techniques.

Research interests
  • Neural mechanisms of selective attention and executive control
  • Multisensory integration
  • Implicit and explicit learning
  • Brain plasticity
Short biography

Professor Mattingley was appointed as Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Queensland in January 2007, a joint appointment between the Queensland Brain Institute and the School of Psychology.

He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours at Monash University (1988), a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne (1990), and a PhD in Psychology at Monash University (1995). In 1994 he was awarded an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which he took to the University of Cambridge. Here he worked jointly with Professor Jon Driver in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Professor Ian Robertson at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. While in Cambridge he was elected a Fellow of King’s College.

Upon returning to Australia Professor Mattingley was appointed as Senior Research Fellow (later Principal Research Fellow) at the University of Melbourne, where he was Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory within the School of Behavioural Science (2000–2006). He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 2007.

In 2012 Professor Mattingley was awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council.

Professor Mattingley is currently a Chief Investigator in two major multi-disciplinary ARC research initiatives, namely the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC), and the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF). The SLRC ( was established in 2013 and aims to improve learning outcomes for Australians by furthering our understanding of learning processes, developing techniques for measuring learning, and promoting learning in the community. The CIBF ( was established in 2014 and aims to further our understanding how the brain interacts with the world, by focusing on the complex brain functions that underlie attention, prediction and decision-making.

Current editorial board memberships
Associate Editor, npj Science of Learning
(Nature Publishing Group)  2015 – present

Associate Editor, Neuroscience Research
(Elsevier)  2014 – present

Associate Editor, Cognitive Neuroscience
(Psychology Press) 2010 – present
Editorial Board Member, Brain & Cognition
(Elsevier)  2003 – present

Action Editor, Cortex
(Elsevier)  2002 – present

Editorial Board member, Neurocase
(Routledge)  1998 – present

Editorial Advisory Board member, Neuropsychologia
(Elsevier)  1998 – present

This website was last updated on:
5 October 2017