Matthew B Thompson TEDx


I’m a cognitive scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School. I recently finished a Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA and UCI. I research the nature of expertise and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint identification, toward improving the value of expert testimony to promote rightful convictions and prevent wrongful ones. I’m also interested in the Flashed Face Distortion Effect and, more generally, the distinction between categorization and identification in judgment and decision making.

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.

I travel and take pictures for fun, and am passionate about communicating science, especially to young people. You can read my latest news here, check out my research here, access my publications herefollow me on twitter, or peruse my Academic Curriculum Vitae.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Harvard Medical School
Postdoctoral Fellow – The University of Queensland
Former advisors: Dr Jason Tangen, Professor Penelope Sanderson, Professor William Thompson, Professor Jennifer Mnookin, Professor Jeremy Wolfe
Mobile: +61 401 204 295 (Australia)