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Postdoctoral research scientist, RIKEN

Dr Julian Matthews is a cognitive scientist at RIKEN Center for Brain Science in greater Tokyo, Japan. Julian’s work explores questions that lie at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind. Especially how attention and memory relate to our sense of awareness and trust for the things we experience, and how this is reflected in everyday behaviour.

Julian is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the ‘Lab for Human Cognition and Learning’. He and his colleagues examine how we see, how we decide, and how we change through experience, with an emphasis on conscious and unconscious processing.

Julian is first-author on several peer-reviewed journal articles and has written for The Conversation and The Brain Dialogue. He has made radio appearances on 2SER, the ABC, and Radio National.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral research scientist, RIKEN Center for Brain Science
  • 2019–2020
    Research officer, Monash University


  • 2019 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Queensland, First Class Honours - Bachelor of Arts


  • 2020
    The confidence database, Nature Human Behaviour
  • 2020
    Raised visual contrast thresholds with intact attention and metacognition in functional motor disorder, Cortex
  • 2019
    Sustained conscious access to incidental memories in RSVP , Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
  • 2018
    Conscious access in the near absence of attention: critical extensions on the dual-task paradigm, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2014
    Repetition in visual word identification: Benefits and costs, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society