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    Dr Matthew Thompson

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    About me

    I am fascinated by perceptual expertise. I am Senior 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 FellowNational Three Minute Thesis WinnerSmart 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 run one of the most popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the planet—The Science of Everyday Thinking—on edX.

    Positions:
    Postdoctoral Fellow – Harvard Medical School
    Postdoctoral Fellow – The University of Queensland
    Former advisors: Dr Jason TangenProfessor Penelope SandersonProfessor William ThompsonProfessor Jennifer MnookinProfessor Jeremy Wolfe

    Teaching area

    Honours Psychology Skills (PSY513)

    This unit equips Honours students with a range of skills and knowledge required for success in the Honours program, further study, and the workplace. In particular, the focus of this unit will be on developing the following: Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge of Psychology, Advanced research analysis skills, Psychology interviewing skills, Science communication skills, Ethics skills.

    Psychology: Cognitive Processes (PSY294)
    In this unit, we will explore how the mind works. We will work to understand basic processes such as how memories are encoded and retrieved, and how our attention is focused and allocated. We will also work to understand higher-level processes, such as how we create language, and how our experiences shape our perception. Broadly, we will investigate topics relevant to our everyday experience, including Perception, Illusions, Memory, Learning, Attention, Neuroscience, Language, and Thinking.

    Building Blocks for Science Students (BSC100) 
    Now more than ever we look to science to help overcome major challenges facing the world we live in. Effective preparation for science requires an understanding of the scientific method and skills. This unit will facilitate your transition into university and give you the framework of skills you need for lifelong learning including: literacy, numeracy and information technology; the ability to collect, analyse and evaluate information; think clearly, critically and creatively; and discipline-specific skills in scholarly research, communication and ethical practice.

    Think101 – The Science of Everyday Thinking – Massive Open Online Course
    We explore the nature of everyday thinking. You will learn how to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, understand why we so often make irrational choices, and how to make better decisions. We will examine topics such as pareidolia, subliminal persuasion, cancer cluster, paranormal phenomena, alternative medicine, placebos in medicine, miracles, and more. This course will provide you with tools for how to think independently, how to be skeptical, and how to value data over personal experience. You will begin to rely on slow, deliberative, and logical thinking rather than fast, emotional, and stereotypical thinking. We will examine the mental shortcuts and rules-of- thumb that people use and misuse, and apply this knowledge to everyday situations to help you make better decisions.

    Introduction to Psychology (PSY141)

    What is Science? (PSY150)

    Research areas

    I am Director of the Perceptual Expertise Advanced Research Lab (The PEARL) where I investigate the nature and development of perceptual expertise, as well as the basic perceptual processes of human categorisation. I am working to reduce error in safety-critical decision making in forensics, emergency management, and defence. I received the Young Tall Poppy Science Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research, and I consult with government, defence, policing, and national security bodies. My research is multi-disciplinary, translational, and highly impactful.

    I have been awarded over $1.7 million in cash research funding from governments, universities, industry, and private enterprise, and over $1.3 million in-kind research funding from industry. I currently hold grants from the ARC ($534,188), Department of Defence ($185,365), WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services ($53,702), National Institute of Forensic Science ($60,000), and the WA Government ($148,145; $115,021). My active industry collaborators include: Defence Science and Technology Group, Australian Army, Australian Federal Police, WA Police Force, WA Fire and Emergency, and all major Australian state police agencies.

    Research Areas: Cognition; Perceptual Expertise; Decision Making; Forensics; Fingerprints; Expert Evidence

    Awards and grants

    Research Grants

    National Institute of Forensic Science Research Grant – Australia-New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency – $60,000 (2021–2022)
    “Telling Prints Apart vs Telling Prints Together: Inter- vs Intra-print variability in Fingerprint Analysis”
    Tangen, Searston, & Thompson.

    Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services
    – $53,702 (2020–2021)
    “Informing detailed design of emergency management and response virtual simulation for the Western Australian emergency management training centre”
    Hopper, Mills, Thompson, & Campitelli.

    Department of Defence – Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority
     – $185,365 (2020–2024)
    “Using virtual reality to create novel metrics of expertise in safety-critical decision making.”
    Thompson, Campitelli, Hopper, & Irons

    Defence Science Centre Collaborative Research Grant – Government of WA  – $148,145 (2021–2022)
    “Virtual-reality-enhanced advanced tactical parachute training”
    Mills, Hopper, Hansen, Brook, Bender, Thompson, Sung, Campitelli, Dowse, Hewett, Cusworth

    Defence Science Centre Collaborative Research Grant – Government of WA  – $ 115,021 (2020–2021)
    Cognitive Biosecurity: Assessing and training perceptual expertise for defence biosecurity threats”
    Thompson, Campitelli, Campbell, Hewitt, Loft, Hambrick, & Piola.

    Australian Research Council –
    Linkage Project, $534,188 cash, $1,315,900 in-kind (2019–2023)
    “Creating perceptual experts in Australia’s policing and security agencies.”
    Tangen, Searston, Thompson, Edmond, Eva, Osborn, McCarthy, Hayes

    Industry Partners: Australian Federal Police, Queensland Police Service, Victoria Police, NSW Police Force, Western Australia Police Force, and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science.

    Murdoch University, College of SHEE – Research Grant, $6,000 (2019)
    “Cognitive Biosecurity: Decision making tools for improved surveillance”
    Thompson, Hewitt, Campbell, Campitelli, & Hambrick.

    Murdoch University, College of SHEE – SHEE Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, $2,574 (2019)“Proof of concept Blended Learning Psychology”
    Campitelli, Skeffington, Thompson

    Australian Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, $295,000 (2015–2016)
    “COMPASS: Improving passport processing for the Australian Passport Office.”

    American-Australian Association – Postdoctoral Fellowship, $40,000 (2014)
    “Understanding visual expertise to establish minimum scientific and legal standards of evidence.”

    Australian Government – Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship, $26,500 (2014)
    “Visual expertise in forensic identification and diagnostic medicine.”

    The University of Queensland – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, $287,945 (2014)
    “Towards evidence-based evidence: Understanding forensic expertise to establish minimum scientific and legal standards.”

    Australian-American Fulbright Commission – Fulbright Queensland Scholarship, $46,000 (2012–2013)

    Queensland Government – Smart Futures PhD Scholarship Program, $22,500 (2009–2013)

    National ICT Australia (NICTA) – Research Project Award, $24,846 (2009–2013)

    Australian Government – Australian Postgraduate Award, $90,440 (2009–2013)

    Awards

    Best Presentation Award (2018)
    National President, Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

    Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2015)
    Chair, Australian Institute of Policy and Science

    Postgraduate Student Research Excellence Award (2013)
    Head of School, Psychology, The University of Queensland  

    First Place, Global Challenges Local Solutions, Fulbright Program (2012)
    Senior Program Officer, U.S. Department of State

    Best Presentation Award (2012)
    National President, Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

    Graduate School International Travel Award, $5,000 (2012)
    Dean, Graduate School, The University of Queensland

    Gregory Schwartz Enrichment Grant, $1,000 (2012)
    Executive Director, Australian-American Fulbright Commission

    Second Place, Best Illusion of the Year Competition (2012)
    President, Neural Correlate Society

    Winner Three Minute Thesis Competition Australia-New Zealand $5,000 (2011)
    Vice Chancellor, University of Western Australia

    Winner Three Minute Thesis Competition UQ, $5,000 (2011)
    Vice Chancellor, The University of Queensland

    Commendation for Tutoring Excellence (2011)
    Head of School, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

    Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Travel Award, $500 (2010)
    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

    Postgraduate Cutting Edge Research Award (2010)
    Head of School, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland

    ATSE Young Science Ambassador Award, $2,400 (2009)
    President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

    Events and speaking engagements

    NSW Police Force (2019)
    Invited by Michael Whyte, Forensic Evidence and Technical Services Command

    Department of Defence (2019)
    Invited by David Gamble, Maritime Division, Defence Science & Technology Group

    Western Australia Police Force, Forensics Team (2019)
    Invited by Graham Byard, Western Australia Police Force

    Western Australia Police Force, Counterterrorism Team (2019)
    Invited by Simon O’Rourke, Western Australia Police Force

    Victoria Police (2019)
    Invited by Robert Hayes, Office of the Chief Forensic Scientist, Victoria Police

    Australian Federal Police (2019)
    Invited by Bruce Comber, Australian Federal Police

    Keynote Presentation, 24th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences (2018)
    Invited by the ANZFSS Organising Committee.
    Evidence-Based Forensics Initiative Workshop (2018)
    Invited by Professor Gary Edmond, School of Law, The University of New South Wales

    Public Lecture, Murdoch University (2018)
    Invited by Murdoch Engagement.

    Curtin University (2018)
    Invited by Ottmar Lipp, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

    Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (2017)
    Invited by Louise Southalan, WA State President ANZAPPL

    Flinders University (2017)
    Invited by Emma Thomas, Flinders University

    Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (2016)
    Invited by Blake McKimmie, QLD State Vice-President, ANZAPPL

    Translational Research in Psychology, Macquarie University (2016)
    Invited by Kim Curby, Macquarie University

    National Science Week, BrisScience Public Lecture Series (2016)
    Invited by Leonie Small, The University of Queensland

    Psychology and Law Symposium, The University of Queensland (2015)
    Invited by Blake McKimmie, The University of Queensland

    Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (2015)
    Invited by ANZFSS Canberra Branch President

    5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science (2015)
    Invited by Gary Edmond, The University of New South Wales

    NSW Police Force Fingerprint Experts Conference (2015)
    Invited by Wayne Miller, NSW Police Force

    Harvard Visual Attention Lab (2013)
    Invited by Jeremy Wolfe, Harvard Medical School

    Massachusetts General Hospital (2013)
    Invited by Peter Bex, Massachusetts General Hospital

    University of California Los Angeles, Legal Expressionism Workshop (2011)
    Invited by Jennifer Mnookin

    University of Lethbridge (2009)
    Invited by John Vokey, University of Lethbridge

    NSW Police Force Fingerprint Experts Conference (2013)
    Invited by Wayne Miller, NSW Police Force

    University of California, Irvine (2010)
    Invited by Simon Cole, University of California, Irvine

    Queensland Police Statistics Workshop (2010)
    Invited by Duncan McCarthy, Queensland Police

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    PhD Theses

    Chloe Smith, Principal Supervisor with Guillermo Campitelli (80%; 2020–present)
    Elliot Cottrill, Principal Supervisor with Guillermo Campitelli (80%; 2018–present)
    Yap Kai Min Claire, Co-supervisor with David Lewis (20%; 2018–present)
    Kiata Rundle, Co-supervisor with Guy Curtis and Joe Clare (20%; 2018–present)
    Gianni Ribeiro, Co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2013–2019)
    Ruben Laukkonen, Co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2014–2018)
    Rachel Searston, Co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2013–2017)

    Masters Theses

    Christie Ashton, Principal Supervisor with James Speers (80%; 2018)
    Darren Ng, Principal Supervisor with James Speers (80%; 2017)

    Honours Theses

    Katelyn Stynes, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2020)
    Varun Gandhi, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2020)
    Dorothee Creuzot, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2019)
    Kelly Tartano, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2019–present)
    Brantley-Marie Philpot, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2018)
    Eileen Gillard, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2018)
    Lisa Munday, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2017)
    Madeleine Graham, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2017)
    Frances Kulis, Primary Supervisor (100%; 2015)
    Elise Jones, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2011)
    Alice Towler, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2011)
    Billy Sung, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2011)
    Sean Murphy, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2010)
    Renee Treloar, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2009)
    Kathleen Ivison, co-supervisory role with Jason Tangen (2009)
    Morgan Tear co-supervisory role with Penelope Sanderson (2008)
    Will Harrison, co-supervisory role with Penelope Sanderson (2008)

    Publications

    Journals

    • Adie, J., Renshaw, I., Polman, R., Thompson, M., Mann, D., (2020), When in doubt, its not out: Match format changes how elite-level cricket umpires make leg-before-wicket decisions, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 51, 101760, .
    • Palada, H., Rachel A. Searston, R., Persson, A., Ballard, T., Thompson, M., (2020), An Evidence Accumulation Model of Perceptual Discrimination With Naturalistic Stimuli, Journal of Experimental Psychology Applied, , , .
    • Rachel A. Searston, R., Thompson, M., Robson, S., Corbett, B., Ribeiro, G., Edmond, G., Tangen, J., (2019), Truth and Transparency in Expertise Research, Journal of Expertise, 2, 4, .
    • Smith, C., Thompson, M., (2019), Performance claims in forensic science expert opinion evidence, University of Queensland Law Journal, 38, 1, pages -.
    • Rachel A. Searston, R., Thompson, M., Vokey, J., French, L., Tangen, J., (2019), How low can you go? Detecting style in extremely low resolution images, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45, 5, pages 573 - 584.
    • Thompson, M., (2019), A Neuroethics Framework for the Australian Brain Initiative, Neuron, 101, 3, pages 365 - 369.
    • 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.

    Journal Publications

    When in doubt, it’s not out: Match format changes how elite-level cricket umpires make leg-before-wicket decisions.

    Adie, J. M., Renshaw, I., Polman, R., Thompson, M. B., & Mann, D. L. (2020). When in doubt, it’s not out: Match format changes how elite-level cricket umpires make leg-before-wicket decisions. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101760 Preprint: https://psyarxiv.com/2e6qh/ [PDF]

    An Evidence Accumulation Model of Perceptual Discrimination With Naturalistic Stimuli.

    Palada, H.*, Searston, R. A.*, Persson, A., Ballard, T.**, & Thompson, M. B.** (2020). An evidence accumulation model of perceptual discrimination with naturalistic stimuli. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1037/xap0000272

    [*These authors contributed equally to this work. **Shared senior authorship.] Preprint: 10.31234/osf.io/zr8wd OSF: https://osf.io/kyp4b/ [PDF]

    The Evolved Psychological Mechanism.

    Lewis, D. M. G., Al-Shawaf, L., Thompson, M. B., & D. M., Buss (in press). The Evolved Psychological Mechanism. In T. K. Shackelford (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. London: Sage Publications.

    Truth and Transparency in Expertise Research.

    Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., Robson, S. G., Corbett, B. J., Ribeiro, G., Edmond, G., Tangen, J. M., (2019). Truth and transparency in expertise research. Journal of Expertise, 2(4). [PDF] [URL]

    Performance Claims in Forensic Science Expert Opinion Evidence.

    Smith, C. A. & Thompson, M. B. (2019) Performance claims in forensic science expert opinion evidence. The University of Queensland Law Journal, 38(2). [PDF]

    On Selecting Crimes for Hot Spot Evaluations.

    Maglizza, G., Thompson, M. B., & Parmer, J. (2019) On selecting Crimes for hot spot evaluations. Police Science, 4(1). 33–39. ISSN: 2206-5202. [PDF]

    A Neuroethics Framework For the Australian Brain Initiative.

    Australian Brain Alliance. (2019) A neuroethics framework for the Australian Brain Initiative. Neuron. 101(3), 365–369.

    How Low Can You go? Detecting Style in Extremely Low Resolution Images. 

    Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., Vokey, J. R., French, L. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2019). How low can you go? Detecting style in extremely low resolution images. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(5), 573-584. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp00006288 Preprint: 10.31234/osf.io/zx2gs OSF: https://osf.io/thk2a

    Electronic Monitoring of Curfew Compliance For Violent Offenders—An Evidence-Based Policing Approach.

    Beisley, J. M., House, P., & Thompson, M. B. (2018). Electronic monitoring of curfew compliance for violent offenders—An evidence-based policing approach. Police Science, 3(1) [PDF]

    Thinking Forensics: Cognitive Science For Forensic Practitioners.

    Edmond, G., Towler, A., Growns, B., Riberio, G., Found, B., White, D.,  Ballantyne, K., Searston, R., Thompson, M., Tangen, J., Kemp, R. I., Martire, K. (2017). Thinking forensics: Cognitive science for forensic practitioners. Science & Justice. 57(2), 144–154. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.11.005 [PDF]

    Model Forensic Science.

    Edmond, G., Found, B., Martire, K., Ballantyne, K., Hamer, D., Searston, R., Thompson, M. B., Cunliffe, E., Kemp, R., San Roque, M., Tangen, J., Dioso-Villa, R., Ligertwood, A., Hibbert, B., White, D., Porter, G., & Roberts, A. (2016). Model forensic science. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 48(5), 496–537. doi: 10.1080/00450618.2015.1128969 [PDF]

    Image Toggling Saves Time in Mammography.

    Drew, T., Aizenman, A. M., Thompson, M. B.,  Kovacs, M. D., Trambert, M., Reicher, M., Wolfe, J. M. (2016). Image toggling saves time in mammography. Journal of Medical Imaging, 3(1). doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.3.1.011003

    The Nature of Expertise in Fingerprint Matching: Experts Can do a Lot With a Little.

    Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2014). The nature of expertise in fingerprint matching: Experts can do a lot with a little. PLOS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114759 [osf.io/8bd2r]

    How to Cross-Examine Forensic Scientists: A Guide for Lawyers.

    Edmond, G., Martire, K., Found, B., Kemp, R., Hamer, D., Hibbert, B., Ligertwood, A., Porter, G., San Roque, M., Searston, R., Tangen, J., Thompson, M., & White, D. (2014). How to cross-examine forensic scientists: A guide for lawyers. Australian Bar Review, 39[PDF]

    Generalization in Fingerprint Matching Experiments.

    Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2014). Generalization in fingerprint matching experiments. Science & Justice.  doi: 10.1016/j.scijus.2014.06.008

    Understanding Expertise and Non-Analytic Cognition in Fingerprint Discriminations Made by Humans.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & Searston, R. A. (2014). Understanding expertise and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint discriminations made by humans. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00737 [PDF]

    A Guide to Interpreting Forensic Testimony: Scientific Approaches to Fingerprint Evidence.

    Edmond, G., Thompson, M. B., & Tangen, J. M. (2013). A guide to interpreting forensic testimony: Scientific approaches to fingerprint evidence. Law, Probability & Risk. doi: 10.1093/lpr/mgt011 [PDF]

    Human Matching Performance of Genuine Crime Scene Latent Fingerprints.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2013). Human matching performance of genuine crime scene latent fingerprints. Law and Human Behavior, 38(1), 84–93. doi: 10.1037/lhb0000051 [PDF]

    Expertise in Fingerprint Identification.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy D. J. (2013). Expertise in fingerprint identification. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 58(6), 1519–1530. doi: 10.1111/1556-4029.12203 [PDF]

    Flashed Face Distortion Effect: Grotesque Faces From Relative Spaces.

    Tangen, J. M., Murphy, S. C., & Thompson, M. B. (2011). Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces. Perception, 40, 628–630. doi: 10.1068/p6968
    [Abstract] [Blog Post] [Movie 1] [Movie 2] [PDF]

    Identifying Fingerprint Expertise.

    Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., & McCarthy D. J. (2011). Identifying fingerprint expertise. Psychological Science, 22(8), 995–997. doi: 10.1177/0956797611414729
    [Video Abstract] [Press Release] [Blog Post] [PDF]

    Testing Auditory Alarm Effectiveness With Three Different Alarm Sets.

    Thompson, C., Sanderson, P., Watson, M., Thompson, M., Muthukrishna, M., & Murphy, S. (2010). Testing auditory alarm effectiveness with three different alarm sets. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 38(4), 769–769.

    Multisensory Integration With a Head-Mounted Display: Role of Mental and Manual Load.

    Thompson, M. B., Tear, M. J., & Sanderson, P. M. (2010). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Role of mental and manual load. Human Factors, 52(1).
    doi: 10.1177/0018720810367914 [PDF]

    Multisensory Integration With a Head-Mounted Display: Background Visual Motion and Sound Motion.

    Harrison, W. J., Thompson, M. B., & Sanderson, P. M. (2010). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Background visual motion and sound motion. Human Factors, 52(1).
    doi: 10.1177/0018720810367790 [PDF]

    Multisensory Integration With a Head-Mounted Display: Sound Delivery and Self-Motion.

    Thompson, M. B., & Sanderson, P. M. (2008). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Sound delivery and self-motion. Human Factors, 50(5), 789–800.
    doi: 10.1518/ 001872008X312323 [PDF]

    Conference Abstracts

    Innovation, collaboration and applied research: a case study of virtual reality and simulation training through the WAEMTC.

    Penney, G., Spatcher, L., Gill, D., Hopper, L., Mills, B., Boyd, H., Thompson, M., Campitelli, G., Smith, C., & Abercrombie, T. (under review). Innovation, collaboration and applied research: a case study of virtual reality and simulation training through the WAEMTC. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Fire and Emergency Services (AFAC). Sydney, Australia: 17–20 August, 2021.

    The xQ: A short test that captures the core of fingerprint expertise

    Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., & Thompson, M. B. (2021). The xQ: A short test that captures the core of fingerprint expertise. Proceedings of The 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences. Sydney, Australia: 17–21 May, 2021. [PDF]

    To Bayes or not to Bayes? The question of how fingerprint examiners should convey their judgements.

    Thompson, M. B., Searston, R. A., & Tangen, J. M. (2021). To Bayes or not to Bayes? The question of how fingerprint examiners should convey their judgements. Proceedings of The 22nd Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences. Sydney, Australia: 17–21 May, 2021. [PDF]

    Creating perceptual experts in Australia’s policing and security agencies.

    Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., & Tangen, J. M. (2019). Creating perceptual experts in Australia’s policing and security agencies. Proceedings of The 4th Annual Conference of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise, and Training. Sydney, Australia: 07–08 November, 2019.

    Modelling The Dynamics of Perceptual Discrimination With Complex Naturalistic Stimuli.

    Thompson, M. B, Palada, H., Searston, R. A., Persson, A., & Ballard, T. (2019). Modelling the dynamics of perceptual discrimination with complex naturalistic stimuli. Proceedings of The 46th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Wellington, New Zealand: 24–27 April, 2019. [OSF]

    Adapting visual search tasks to investigate the analytic components of perceptual expertise.

    Robson, S. G., Corbett, B. J., Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M. (2019). Adapting visual search tasks to investigate the analytic components of perceptual expertise. Proceedings of The 46th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Wellington, New Zealand: 24–27 April, 2019.

    Using Open Science to Better Collaborate With Industry.

    Thompson, M. B., Searston, R. A., Robson, S. G., & Tangen, J. M. (2019). Using open science to better collaborate with industry. Open Science Workshop, 46th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Wellington, New Zealand: 24–27 April, 2019.

    Perceptual Experts Can Rely on Stylistic Gist Information to Discriminate Naturalistic Visual Stimuli.

    Searston, R., Corbett, B. J., Robson, S. G., Thompson, M. B.,  Tangen, J. M. (2019). Perceptual experts can rely on stylistic gist information to discriminate naturalistic visual stimuli. Proceedings of The 46th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Wellington, New Zealand: 24–27 April, 2019.

    Accumulation Models in Applied Contexts.

    Palada, H., Searston, R., Persson, A., Ballard, T., & Thompson, M. B. (2019). Accumulating evidence about evidence accumulation models in applied contexts. Proceedings of the Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference . Melbourne, Vic: 14–16 February, 2019.

    Evidence Accumulation in a Complex Visual Domain: Applying the Linear Ballistic Accumulator to Fingerprint Discrimination.

    Palada, H., Searston, R. A., Persson, A., Thompson, M. B., & Ballard, T. (2018). Evidence Accumulation in a Complex Visual Domain: Applying the Linear Ballistic Accumulator to Fingerprint Discrimination. Proceedings of The 39th Annual Conference of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. New Orleans, Louisiana: 16–19 November, 2018.

    Accumulation in a Complex Visual Domain: Applying the Linear Ballistic Accumulator to Fingerprint Discrimination.

    Palada, H., Searston, R. A., Thompson, M. B., Persson, A., & Ballard, T. (2018). Evidence Accumulation in a Complex Visual Domain: Applying the Linear Ballistic Accumulator to Fingerprint Discrimination. Proceedings of The 59th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. New Orleans, Louisiana: 15–18 November, 2018. [PDF]

    Creating the Next Generation of Perceptual Experts in Australia’s Policing and Security Agencies. 

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen J., Searston, R., Edmond, G., Eva, K., Osborn, S., McCarthy, D., Hayes, R., Wilson-Wilde, L., Byard, G., & Hennessy, P. (2018). Creating the next generation of perceptual experts in Australia’s policing and security agencies. Proceedings of the 24th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). Perth, WA:9–13 September 2018. [Keynote Presentation]

    Alternative Statistical Frameworks for Communicating the Strength of Forensic Evidence in Court.

    Thompson, M. B., Searston, R. A. Ribeiro, G., & Tangen, J. M. (2017). Alternative statistical frameworks for communicating the strength of forensic evidence in court. Proceedings of Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference. Perth, WA: 13–15 February 2018.

    Collapsing Across Categories, Contexts and Cognitive Tasks as an Alternative to Replication.

    Searston, R. A., Tangen, J. M., & Thompson, M. B. (2017). Collapsing across categories, contexts and cognitive tasks as an alternative to replication. Proceedings of The 44th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Newcastle, NSW: 19–22 April 2017.

    How Should Forensic Experts Express Evidence to the Fact Finder? 

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & Edmond, G. (2015). How should forensic experts express evidence to the fact finder? Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science. Adelaide, SA: 22–23 July 2015.

    Visual Expertise and Identification.

    Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2015). Visual expertise and identification. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. Victoria, British Columbia: 24–27 June 2015.

    The Gist of a Match: Fingerprint Expert Decision Making in the Blink of an Eye. 

    Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2015). The gist of a match: Fingerprint expert decision making in the blink of an eye. Proceedings of The 42nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Sydney, Australia: 8–11 April, 2015.

    Communicating Visual Expertise.

    Thompson, M. B. (2015). Communicating visual expertise. Proceedings of the Unfamiliar Face Matching Research Meeting. Sydney, Australia: 17–18 February, 2015.

    Image Shuffling Saves Time in Mammography.

    Drew, T., Aizenman, A. M., Thompson, M. B., Kovacs, M. D., Trambert, M., Reicher, M., & Wolfe, J. M. (2015). Image shuffling saves time in mammography. Proceedings of The Medical Image Perception Conference. Ghent, Belgium: 3–5 June, 2015.

    Visual Search Through a 3D Volume: Studying Novices in Order to Help Radiologists.

    Aizenman, A., Thompson, M. B., Ehinger, K. A., & Wolfe, J. M. (2015). Visual search through a 3D volume: Studying novices in order to help radiologists. Proceedings of The Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting. Naples, Florida: 15–20 May, 2015.

    Diagnostics or Bayesian Statistics? A Contemporary Model of Forensic Testimony Based on Non-Analytic Cognition in Human Fingerprint Matching. 

    Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2014). Diagnostics or Bayesian statistics? A contemporary model of forensic testimony based on non-analytic cognition in human fingerprint matching. Proceedings of The 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, California: 20–23 November, 2014.

    Visual Expertise and Identification.

    Tangen, J. M., Searston, R. A., & Thompson, M. B. (2014). Visual Expertise and Identification. Proceedings of The 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Long Beach, California: 20–23 November, 2014.

    Decision Making, Expertise, and Non-Analytic Cognition in Human Fingerprint Matching.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy D. J. (2013). Decision making, expertise, and non-analytic cognition in human fingerprint matching. Proceedings of The 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Toronto, Canada: 14–18 November, 2013.

    Expertise, Memory, and Non-Analytic Cognition in Fingerprint Matching: Experts Can Discriminate Prints in Noise, Spaced in time, and in the Blink of an Eye.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy D. J. (2013). Expertise, memory, and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint matching: Experts can discriminate prints in noise, spaced in time, and in the blink of an eye. Proceedings of The 40th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Adelaide, Australia: 3–4 April, 2013. [PDF] [Slides]

    Evidence for Expertise in Fingerprint Identification and The Ramifications for the Future Study of Forensic Expertise.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2013). Evidence for expertise in fingerprint identification and the ramifications for the future study of forensic expertise. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC: 18–23 February, 2013. [PDF] [Slides]

    Evidence for Expertise and Accuracy in Fingerprint Identification.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2012). Evidence for expertise and accuracy in fingerprint identification. Proceedings of the 21st International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). Hobart, Australia: 23–27 September, 2012.
    [Invited Discipline Keynote and Best Presentation Award Winner]

    Evidence for Expertise in the Matching Performance of Human Fingerprint Examiners.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2012). Evidence for expertise in the matching performance of human fingerprint examiners. Proceedings of the 6th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference (EAFS). The Hague, the Netherlands: 20–24 August, 2012.

    Evidence for Expertise in Fingerprint Identification.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2012). Evidence for expertise in fingerprint identification. Proceedings of the 97th International Educational Conference of the International Association for Identification. Phoenix, Arizona: 22–28 July, 2012.

    When Pretty Girls Turn Ugly: The Flashed Face Distortion Effect.

    Tangen, J. M., Murphy, S. C., & Thompson, M. B. (2012). When pretty girls turn ugly: The flashed face distortion effect. The Best illusion of the Year Contest, 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society (VSS). Naples, Florida: 14 May, 2012.
    [Second place for Best Illusion of the Year, 2012] [Nature News] [New Scientist TV] [Abstract] [Illusion 1] [Illusion 2]

    When Pretty Girls Turn Ugly: The Flashed Face Distortion Effect.

    Sung, B. C. Y., Thompson, M. B. & Tangen, J. M. (2012). When pretty girls turn ugly: The boundary conditions of the flashed face distortion effect. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Sydney, Australia: 12–15 April, 2012.

    Forensic Reasoning and Uncertainty: Identifying Fingerprint Expertise.

    Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., & McCarthy, D. J. (2011). Forensic reasoning and uncertainty: Identifying fingerprint expertise. Impressions and Expressions: Expert Opinion Evidence in Reports and Courts, AAFS Conference. Sydney, Australia: 3–4 December, 2011.

    Accuracy and Expertise in Human Fingerprint Identification.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. J. (2011). Accuracy and expertise in human fingerprint identification. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Auckland, New Zealand: 28–30 April, 2011. [PDF]

    Enhancing Performance in Human Decision Making: The Role of Similarity in Forensic Identification.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., & McCarthy, D. (2010). Enhancing performance in human decision making: The role of similarity in forensic identification. Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). Sydney, Australia: 5–9 April.
    [Awarded Best Paper in Management and Quality Assurance] [PDF]

    Ground Truth: On Certainty in Forensic Decision-Making Research.

    Tangen, J. M., Thompson, M. B., McCarthy, D., & Tear, M. J. (2010). Ground truth: On certainty in forensic decision-making research. Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS). Sydney, Australia: 5–9 April.

    Humans Matching Fingerprints: Sequences and Sizes.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., Treloar, R., & Ivison, K. J. (2010). Humans matching fingerprints: Sequence and Size. Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Francisco, CA: September 27–October 1.
    [Awarded 3rd place for Best Student Paper in CEDM] [PDF]

    Expertise in Matching Fingerprints and Faces.

    Thompson, M. B., Tangen, J. M., Ivison, K. J., & Treloar, R. (2010). Expertise in matching fingerprints and faces. Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology. Melbourne, Australia: 8–10 April. [PDF]

    The Importance of Ground Truth: An Open-Source Biometric Repository.

    Tear, M. J., Thompson, M. B., & Tangen J. M. (2010). The importance of ground truth: An open-source biometric repository. Poster presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Francisco, CA: September 27–October 1. [PDF]

    Testing Auditory Alarm Effectiveness with Three Different Alarm Sets.

    Thompson, C., Sanderson, P., Watson, M., Thompson, M., Muthukrishna, M., & Murphy, S. (2010). Testing auditory alarm effectiveness with three different alarm sets. Poster presented at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Annual Scientific Meeting (ANZCA ASM). Christchurch, NZ: 1–5 May 2010.
    [Selected for reprinting in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 38(4), 769–769.] [URL] [PDF]

    Head-Mounted Displays and Multisensory Integration: Replications and Challenges.

    Tear, M., Harrison, W., Thompson, M., & Sanderson, P. M. (2009). Head-mounted displays and multisensory integration: Replications and challenges. Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. San Antonio, TX: 19–23 October, 2009, 1131–1135
    [Shortlisted for HFES Alphonse Chapanis Best Student Paper Award] [PDF]

    Managing the Risks of Display Evaluation Studies in the OR.

    Jenkins, S., Liu, D., Thompson, M. B., & Sanderson, P. M. (2009). Managing the risks of display evaluation studies in the OR. Abstract for Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA2009) Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX: 14–17 January, 2009. [Poster] [Abstract]

    Mutisnsory Integration with a head-mounted Display and Auditory Display.

    Thompson, M. B., & Sanderson, P. (2008). Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display and auditory display. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. New York, NY: 22–26 September, 2008, 1292–1296 [PDF]

    Role of Motion and Sound in Use of Head-Mounted Displays (Abstract).

    Thompson, M., Lowe, S., & Sanderson, P. (2007). Role of motion and sound in use of head-mounted displays (Abstract). Proceedings of the 8th International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF2007). Sydney, 5–7 July, 2007. [Abstract]

    Other

    On Expertise in Fingerprint Identification.

    Thompson, M. B. (2014). On expertise in fingerprint identification. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. [PDF]

    Crossmodal Integration With a Head-Mounted Display and Auditory Display Options: Is There Cause for Concern?

    Thompson, M. B. (2007). Crossmodal integration with a head-mounted display and auditory display options: Is there cause for concern? Unpublished Honours Thesis, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
    [Awarded First Class Honours] [PDF]