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Matthew Tompkins


Aimola Davies Lab

  • Junior Dean at The Queen's College

My research is broadly concerned with the roles of attention and expectation in awareness- The question of how people’s minds can ‘tuned’ from the top-down to allow them to notice or fail to notice unanticipated events. On one hand, specific expectations can result in failures of awareness towards seemingly obvious stimuli. And on the other hand, expectations can generate vivid illusory experiences of non-existent stimuli. I'm particularly interested in the neurological mechanisms thorough which people can come to actively disbelieve their own perceptions.  

I'm currently working on using behavioral visual experiments, based on sleight of hand magic tricks, to investigate inattentional blindness and illusory perceptions. I am supervised by Dr. Anne Aimola Davies