Dr Matthew Thompson


About me

I investigate the nature of perceptual expertise. I am Lecturer in Cognition at Murdoch University, and formerly a Research Scholar at UCLA, and Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Queensland and at Harvard Medical School. I am a Fulbright ScholarYoung Tall PoppyAmerican-Australian Association FellowSmart Futures Scholar, and Endeavour Fellow.

I am working to reduce error in safety-critical decision making in forensics and medicine, and to better understand the nature and development of perceptual expertise. Along with Jason Tangen, I teach one of the most popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the planet—The Science of Everyday Thinkingon edX.

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  • Edmond, G., Towler, A., Growns, B., Ribeiro, G., Found, B., White, D., Ballantyne, K., Rachel A. Searston, R., Thompson, M., Tangen, J., Kemp, R., Martire, K., (2017), Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners, Science & Justice, 57, 2, pages 144 - 154.
  • Thompson, M., Tangen, J., Rachel A. Searston, R., (2014), Understanding expertise and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint discriminations made by humans, Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 737, pages 1 - 3.