Real-world neuroscience


Presentation of research activities

The GROWN (Group for Real World Neuroscience) is an inter-disciplinary group founded in 2018. Members of GROWN investigate the cognitive (attention, memory), motor and sensory functions that support information processing in naturalistic, multisensory environments – from their brain dynamics to their outcomes for everyday behaviour. Research at GROWN focuses on 1) basic research – creating more accurate models of neurocognitive functions, their development and interactions with individual’s experience, and 2) using this knowledge to develop more effective and efficient approaches to detection and rehabilitation of disorders, especially in children. This is achieved by an approach integrating rigorous but naturalistic paradigms, behavioral and brain imaging methods (with a focus on EEG ) and computational modelling. GROWN also has a strong focus on knowledge mobilisation, in clinical practice as well as the education.

Paul Matusz

Prof. Pawel Matusz completed his PhD in 2013 at the Birkbeck College of the University of London under the supervision of Prof. Martin Eimer. In his doctorate project, he used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to show how, early in adult brains, object-based attentional selection is controlled by multisensory process types based on salience and directed at a target. Since the end of his PhD and in collaboration with Gaia Scerif, of the University of Oxford, he has studied how dynamic interaction between multisensory processing, selective attention skills and experience shape object recognition in school-age children. In 2014, he started a 3-year post-doc training using methods analysing cutting-edge EEG signals to understand the brain and cognitive mechanisms that orchestrate perception, selective attention, and the learning of simple and complex multisensory objects throughout a person’s life. In 2016, he received his first competitive grant as leading researcher and has since received several other competitive subsidies both as leading researcher or as coresearcher to study the role of multisensory attention in learning processes as well as object recognition in healthy and atypical subjects.

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Key publications

Are we ready for real-world neuroscience?

Matusz PJ, Dikker S, Huth A, Perrodin C. (2019).
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31, 327-338.

The development of attentional control mechanisms in multisensory environments.

Turoman N, Tivadar RI, Retsa C, Maillard AM, Scerif G, Matusz PJ (2021).
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 48, 100930.

Towards understanding how we pay attention in naturalistic settings.

Turoman N, Tivadar RI, Retsa C, Murray MM, Matusz PJ (2021).
Neuroimage, 244, 118556.

Expert Attention: Attentional allocation depends on the differential development of multisensory number representations.

Matusz PJ, Merkley R, Faure M, Scerif G (2019).
Cognition, 186, 171-177.

Multisensory context portends object memory.

Thelen A*, Matusz PJ*, Murray MM (2014)
Current Biology, 24, R434-5.


Marie-Paraskevi Antoniou

Research Assistant

Cristina Simon-Martinez