Lab News

Read about what's been going on in the Mattingley Lab lately. Click on the images to see a larger version.

Farewell to Oliver Baumann
Monday 2 April 2018

Farewell to Oliver, our longstanding postdoc who has been working with Jason since before the establishment of the Mattingley lab at the QBI. Oliver has taken up a research and teaching post at Bond University. His presence in the lab will be sorely missed!



















Farewell to Oscar Jacoby
Tuesday 16 January 2018

After ten years in the lab as an Honours student, PhD Student, and Research Assistant, Oscar is leaving us to start a new position as a Teacher Aide at Ithaca Creek School. Oscar will be sorely missed by everyone in the lab, but we wish him the very best in his new life! 

Congratulations to Angela Renton
Wednesday 13 December 2017

This video by Angela won the best video category in QBI's 2017 Art in Neuroscience competition.
The video shows all the eye movements (rings) and cursor movements (squares) of participants in a recent study moving cursors to eight cued locations on a display. 
















Congratulations to Cooper Smout
Monday 13 November 2017

Well done to Cooper for being awarded a prestigious and competitive 
2018 Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Next year, he will use the award funding to 
visit the Predictive Brain Lab, based at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen, Netherlands and headed by Dr. Floris de Lange. Here, he will run a forward encoding MEG study investigating the interaction between attention and prediction in the human brain.





























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ngratulations to our Honours students
  Wednesday 4 October 2017

   Well done to LucyRebecca, and Shena, who submitted their Honours theses today. An achievement to be proud of!







Congratulations to Luke Hearne
Tuesday 12 September 2017

Well done to Luke for submitting his PhD thesis today, titled "Characterisation of functional brain networks underlying cognitive reasoning and intelligence". We're proud of you!




















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Congratulations to Roxanne Jemison
Thursday 3 August 2017

Well done to Roxanne Jemison who graduated from her Graduate Certificate in Business Administration today. All the best with your continuing MBA studies, Roxanne!

















Congratulations to Cooper Smout
Tuesday 11 July 2017

Well done t
o Cooper Smout who passed his M2 PhD mid-candidature assessment today. He gave an excellent presentation on his research to date, titled "Great expectations: The neural dynamics of prediction and attention in perception".






















Congratulations to Anthony Harris
Wednesday 21 June 2017

Well done to Anthony Harris who had his PhD exit seminar at QBI today. He gave an excellent presentation on the research he has done into the role of neural oscillations in human visual attention and awareness.






















Farewell to Joyce Vromen
Wednesday 31 May 2017

Today we say goodbye to Dr. Joyce Vromen, who is leaving us to take up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oxford. She will be working with Dr. Sanjay Manohar at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. Congratulations Joyce, and all the best for the future!







Farewell to Onno van der Groen

Friday 26 May 2017

Onno van der Groen finished his 12 month stay as a visiting PhD student in the Mattingley Lab today. He will return to his parent institution (ETH Zurich), to finish his PhD under Professor Nicole Wenderoth. Farewell Onno, and all the best for the rest of your studies!































































Congratulations to Luke Hearne for passing his M3
Friday 5 May 2017

Well done tLuke Hearne who passed his M3 PhD thesis review today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research he has been conducting into the neural underpinning of relational reasoning and fluid intelligenc

















Congratulations to Susan Travis for passing her M2
Wednesday 29 March 2017

Well done t
o Susan Travis who passed her M2 PhD mid-candidature assessment today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research she has been conducting into the relationship 



between attention and awareness.

















Machines that read your mind
Wednesday 22 March 2017

Well done to Jason, David Painter and Angie, who were part of an evening of public presentations about brain-machine interfaces organised by the CIBF, titled "Machines that read your mind". Well done also to David Lloyd for assistance in developing the software used during the presentation. You can watch a recording of the presentation here
















Congratulations to Jessica McFadyen for passing her M2
Monday 20 March 2017

Well done to Jessica McFadyen who passed her M2 PhD mid-candidature assessment today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research she has been conducting into the neural pathways for threat detection and face processing.

























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Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Vromen for being awarded her PhD
Friday
16 December 2016

Well done to the Mattingley Lab's most recent PhD graduate, Dr. Joyce Vromen, who had her graduation ceremony today. Under the guidance of Professor Ottmar Lipp, Professor Roger Remington and Associate Professor Stefanie Becker she investigated how an observer's task goals influences how they detect and process potential threats. To access her PhD thesis, titled "Top-down influences on the attentional orienting to and disengagement from threat", go to https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:411628

























Grant Success

Monday 5 December 2016


Congratulations to Jason and his colleagues Associate Professor Paul Dux and Professor Hartwig Siebner for their success in the 2016 NHMRC grant application round. Their grant, titled 'Do ongoing cognitive demands affect the efficacy of transcranial electrical brain stimulation in young and older healthy adults?', was awarded $627,857.




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Annual Meeting of the Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function
2-4 December 2016

Matthew
Dragan, Jessica and Roxanne attended the annual meeting of the CIBF in Hobart this week. Congratulations to Roxanne for receiving this year’s Outstanding Staff Member Award, to Jessica for receiving an Outstanding Contribution Award, and to Jason for jointly receiving the Most Cited Paper Award.


















Welcome to Julia Fellrath
Monday 28 November 2016

Julia Fellrath joined our lab today on an 18 month Mobility Fellowship. During her stay she plans to continue her research into the functional connectivity of attention networks using electroencephalography and brain stimulation techniques. Prior to this, she had been working with Dr. Radek Ptak as a postdoctoral research assistant and clinical neuropsychologist at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Geneva. Welcome to the lab, Julia. We look forward to working with you!




















2016 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference
24-27 November 2016

Several members of the Mattingley Lab attended ACNS2016 at Shoal Bay this week. Professor Mattingley presented as part of a mid-career researcher workshop. Abbey, Angela, Dragan, Jessica, Luke and Matthew presented some of their recent work. Special congratulations to Matthew for winning the Best Poster award!









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Congratulations to Jason Mattingley for his Distinguished Alumni Award
Wednesday
26 October 2016

Professor Mattingley was the recipient of the 2016 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Biomedical and Psychological Sciences. The award recognises Professor Mattingley’s integrity and ability to inspire others to strive for excellence, exceptional contribution to his professional field, community leadership, and ability to inspire students to reach their highest potential.
He was presented with the award today during a graduation ceremony in the Robert Blackwood Hall. Congratulations, Jason! We are all very proud of you, and proud to be part of your lab.















Welcome to Onno van der Groen
25 July 2016


Onno van der Groen joined the Mattingley Lab as a visiting PhD student today. He will be working in the lab for 12 months on a mobility grant scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. His parent institution is ETH Zurich, where he works under Professor Nicole Wenderoth. Welcome to the lab, Onno. We look forward to working with you!




















Science of Learning SummerFest 2016
20-22 July 2016


Professor Mattingley attended a meeting coordinated by the Science of Learning Research Centre and hosted by The University of Hong Kong this week. The meeting focused on translating research to the classroom, and promoting innovation and integrity.
















Australian Brain Bee Challenge State Finals
Tuesday 19 July 2016

Several members of the Mattingley Lab helped inspire the next generation of neuroscientists as part of the Queensland finals of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge, held at QBI today. Claire Bradley and Delphine Lévy-Bencheton demonstrated how we use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in research, and Jessica McFadyen gave a presentation on her PhD research.
































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Congratulations to Nicholas Bland for passing his M1
Wednesday 13
July 2016

Well done to Nicholas Bland who passed his M1 confirmation of candidature assessment today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research he has been conducting into the role of neural oscillations in perception.




















Farewell to Martin Sale

Friday 1
July 2016

Today we say goodbye to Dr.
Martin Sale, who has taken up a position as a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy with the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Fortunately for us, Martin will continue to collaborate with and co-supervise several Mattingley Lab members. Martin started as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab in early 2010. During his time with us he has investigated the factors that influence neuroplasticity in human motor cortex. Some of his recent work has also investigated neural oscillations and how they interact with plasticity mechanisms. Congratulations on your new appointment, Martin, and all the best for the future!


















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International Neuropsychological Symposium 2016
21-25 June 2016

Professor Mattingley attended this year's International Neuropsychological Symposium in Spain this week. The symposium involved presentations by a variety of experts on attention, memory, decision-making, and the role of neural oscillations in cognition.















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Heron Island Lab Retreat

Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 May 2016


Eighteen members and colleagues of the Mattingley Lab spent 5 days discussing their research at the Heron Island Research Station this week. The trip provided an excellent opportunity for all attendees to discuss their longer-term research plans, and to receive invaluable feedback on these plans from their colleagues. Very special thanks to: Jason and Roxanne for organising the trip; John for his outstanding catering; and all the other staff at HIRS for making our stay on the island so easy and enjoyable.















Congratulations to Cooper Smout for passing his M1
Thursday 28 April 2016

Well done to Cooper Smout who passed his M1 confirmation of candidature assessment today. During his PhD, he will use electrophysiological recordings to investigate the dynamic interaction between neural mechanisms of prediction and feature-based attention.
















Welcome back Anica Newman
March 2016


Anica Newman joined the Mattingley Lab as a Research Assistant this month, after successfully completing her undergraduate studies in psychology in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Natasha Matthews. Anica will continue to work with Natasha as part of the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC). Welcome back to the lab, Anica!



















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Welcome to Dragan Rangelov
Monday 29 February 2016



Dr. Dragan Rangelov joined the Mattingley Lab as a postdoc today, following a successful and productive postoc at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Welcome to the lab, Dragan. We look forward to working with you!
















Farewell to Luca Cocchi
Friday 26 February 2016


Today is Dr. Luca Cocchi's last day as an official member of the Mattingley Lab, as he is taking up a research position at the QIMR Berghofer medical research institute. He will, however, continue to collaborate with and co-supervise several Mattingley Lab members. Luca started as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab in May 2011. During his time with us he completed several studies assessing changes in how large-scale brain systems dynamically share information, in health and pathological conditions. To this end he used neuroimaging, network science and brain stimulation techniques. Congratulations on your new appointment, Luca, and all the best for the future!















Congratulations to Luke Hearne for passing his M2
Wednesday 24 February 2016

Well done to Luke Hearne who passed his M2 PhD mid-candidature assessment today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research he has be conducting into the neural underpinnings of relational reasoning and fluid intelligence.















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Congratulations to Anthony Harris for passing his M2
Wednesday 3 February 2016

Well done to
Anthony Harris who passed his M2 PhD mid-candidature assessment today, and gave an excellent presentation on the research he has been conducting into the role of neural oscillations in visual selective attention and awareness.















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Farewell to Corinne Bareham
Friday 22 January 2016


Today we said goodbye to Dr. Corinne Bareham, who has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab for the past 2 years. During her time in the lab she investigated the effects of stroke, aging, and neurostimulation on attention using an impressive array of investigative techniques including EEG, fMRI, TMS, and tDCS. She will be continuing her career in research at Addenbrooke's Hospital at the University of Cambridge. Corinne, you’ve been a fantastic lab member and we wish you all the best for the future!














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Congratulations to Jessica McFadyen for passing her M1
Monday 18 January 2016

Well done to Jessica McFadyen who passed her M1 confirmation of candidature assessment today. During her PhD, she will investigate how our prior expectations change the neural networks involved in rapidly producing fearful behaviour to threatening visual stimuli.















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Farewell to Marta Garrido
Friday 1 January 2016


Congratulations to Dr.
Marta Garrido for her new appointment as Group Leader of QBI's Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. Marta had been a Research Fellow in the Mattingley Lab since 2013. She will continue to work with members of the lab, and to supervise several of our graduate students. Well done Marta, and best wishes for the future!