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Julian Matthews

Postdoctoral research fellow, RIKEN

Dr Julian Matthews is a cognitive scientist and JSPS Research Fellow at RIKEN Center for Brain Science in greater Tokyo, Japan. Julian’s work explores questions that lie at the intersection of neuroscience and philosophy of mind. Especially how our memories and beliefs contribute to the sense of confidence we hold when making decisions.

Prior to working in Japan, Julian completed a PhD in neuroscience and philosophy at Monash University, and a BA in cognitive psychology at the University of Queensland.

Julian is an author on several peer-reviewed articles published in journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Cognition. He has written for The Conversation and has made several 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


  • 2023
    The availability of non-instrumental information increases risky decision-making, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • 2023
    Computational mechanisms underlying the dynamics of physical and cognitive fatigue, Cognition
  • 2022
    Changes in multisensory integration following brief state induction and longer-term training with body scan meditation, Mindfulness
  • 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

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society