BSc (Hons) (Monash), MSc (Melbourne), PhD (Monash), FASSA, FAPS


Professor Mattingley conducts research on the roles played by selective attention, prediction and decision making in regulating perceptual, cognitive and motor functions in the human brain, in health and disease.

Work currently being undertaken in his laboratory is directed toward understanding how people use attention to prioritise information, whether from the sensory world or from internal thought processes. The group is also investigating how the brain employs predictive mechanisms to anticipate and effectively respond to expected and surprising events, and how the perceptual system optimizes decisions under uncertainty.

A particularly important part of the research involves understanding how perceptual and cognitive processes can be impaired in brain disorders such as stroke, dementia and attention deficit disorder. The Mattingley group employs a range of approaches to investigate these questions, including psychophysical measures of behavior, neuroimaging using EEG and fMRI, and brain stimulation methods including focal magnetic and electrical stimulation.

The group also investigates the effects of cognitive training on perception and cognition with the aim of harnessing new discoveries in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience to enhance learning outcomes in children, adolescents and older adults.

Executive Member, Australian Brain Alliance

Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Associate Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (2014-2020)

Member of the Australian Acadeny of Science National Committee for Brain and Mind

Member of the Division of Psychological Research, Education and Training, Australian Psychological Society

2017 - Elected Senior Research Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

2016 - Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science

2012 - Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science, Australian Psychological Society

2011 - Australian Laureate Fellow, Australian Research Council

Garrido, M.I., Rowe, E.G., Halász, V., & Mattingley, J.B. (in press). Bayesian mapping reveals that attention boosts neural responses to predicted and unpredicted stimuli. Cerebral Cortex. (Accepted: 15/03/17).

Hearne, L.J., Cocchi, L., Zalesky, A., & Mattingley, J.B. (2017). Reconfiguration of brain network architectures between resting state and complexity-dependent cognitive reasoning. Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 8399-8411.

Travis, S.L., Dux, P.E., & Mattingley, J.B. (2017). Re-examining the influence of attention and consciousness on visual afterimage duration. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43, 1944-1949.

Filmer, H.L., Verghese, A., Hawkins, G.E., Mattingley, J.B., Dux, P.E. (2017). Improvements in attention and decision-making following combined behavioural training and brain stimulation. Cerebral Cortex, 27, 3675-3682.

Cocchi, L., Sale, M.V., Gollo, L.L., Bell, P.T., Nguyen, V.T., Zalesky, A., Breakspear, M., & Mattingley, J.B. (2016). A hierarchy of timescales explains distinct effects of local inhibition of primary visual cortex and frontal eye fields. eLife, 5:e15252.

Cocchi, L., Halford, G.S., Zalesky, A., Harding, I.H., Ramm, B., Cutmore, T., Shum, D., & Mattingley, J.B. (2014). Complexity in relational processing predicts changes in functional brain network dynamics. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 2283-2296.

Painter, D.R., Dux, P.E., Travis, S.L., & Mattingley, J.B. (2014). Neural responses to target features outside a search array are enhanced during conjunction but not unique-feature search. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 3390-3401.

Kamke, M.R., Ryan, A.E., Sale, M.V., Campbell, M.E.J., Riek, S., Carroll, T.J., & Mattingley, J.B. (2014). Visual spatial attention has opposite effects on bidirectional plasticity in the human motor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 34, 1475-1480.

Harrison, W.J., Retell, J.D., Remington, R.W., & Mattingley, J.B. (2013). Visual crowding at a distance during predictive remapping. Current Biology, 23, 793-798.