Research Officer - Cognitive Neurology Lab, Monash University

Dr Julian Matthews is a cognitive scientist at Monash University studying how we use attention and memory to develop a sense of awareness and trust for the things we experience.

In his PhD, Julian explored questions that lie at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and philosophy. Specifically, how consciousness is related to metacognition and other core functions of the brain. He is currently employed as a postdoctoral Research Officer with the Cognitive Neurology Lab, part of The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University. He and his colleagues examine how memory and values affect decision-making and motivation.

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.


  • 2019–present
    Research officer, Cognitive Neurology Lab


  • 2018 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2010 
    University of Queensland, First Class Honours - Bachelor of Arts


  • 2018
    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