Pawel J. Matusz

Matusz-2019-portrait-small.jpgPrincipal Investigator
SNSF Ambizione Program

Institute for Information Sciences,
HES-SO, Sierre
Radiology Department
University Hospital Center and University of Lausanne
Radiology Research Center, RC7
Rue du Bugnon 46, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA

email: pawel.matusz [at]

website: GROWN

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Training & Background

I completed my Ph.D. in 2013 at Birkbeck College London under the supervision of Martin Eimer. In my Ph.D. project, I employed event-related brain potentials (ERPs) to demonstrate how early in the adult brain the attentional object selection is controlled by salience-based and goal-driven types of multisensory processes. Since completing my Ph.D and together with Gaia Scerif at Oxford University, I have been studying how the dynamic interplay between multisensory processing, selective-attention skills and experience shape object recognition in school-aged children. In 2014, I started a 3-year-long postdoctoral training in employing state-of-the-art EEG signal analysis methods to understand brain and cognitive mechanisms orchestrating the perception of, selective attention to and learning of simple and complex multisensory objects, across the lifespan. In 2016 I received my first competitive grant as principal investigator and have since received several additional competitve grants as principal or co-investigator to study the role of multisensory attention in learning and object recognition in healthy and atypical populations.


Research Interests

My main research interests lie in how the brain and higher-level cognitive processes, such as selective attention or memory, operate in naturalistic environments, where 1) the information typically stimulates multiple senses, 2) this information also varies in relevance to the current behavioural goals, 3) the demands of currently performed tasks routinely change, and 4) observers differ in their selective-attention skills and experience. I use a combination of behavioural, brain mapping and developmental approaches in both healthy and atypical populations.

A fuller description of my research can be found here:

Information Processing in Naturalistic Environments

Attentional Control & Its Development



Current staff

Former staff & trainees

  • Patricia Ciller
    visiting BSc student, Barcelona University
  • Serena Caverzasio
    MS student, UNIL
  • Camille Crézé
    Research assistant
  • Julia Mermier
    pre-master student, UNIL
  • Vincent Pidoux
    pre-master student, UNIL
  • Chloe Stoll
    Post-doctoral fellow


Representative Publications

  1. Matusz PJ, Merkley R, Faure M, Scerif G (2019). Expert Attention: Attentional allocation depends on the differential development of multisensory number representations. Cognition. in press.
  2. Matusz PJ, Dikker S, Huth A, Perrodin C. (2019). Are we ready for real-world neuroscience? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 31(3): 327-338.
  3. Matusz PJ, Turoman N, Tivadar RI, Retsa C, Murray MM (2019). Brain and Cognitive Mechanisms of Top-Down Attentional Control in a Multisensory World: Benefits of Electrical Neuroimaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 31(3): 412-430.
  4. Matusz PJ, Key AP, Gogliotti S, Pearson J, Auld ML, Murray MM, Maitre NL (2018) Constraint-induced movement therapy van elicits bilateral somatosensory plasticity in pediatric cerebral palsy. Neural Plasticity 1891978 [DOI].
  5. Tivadar RI, Retsa C, Turoman N, Matusz PJ, Murray MM (2018) Sounds enhance visual completion processes. Neuroimage, 179:480-488 . [DOI]
  6. Murray MM, Eardley A, Edginton T, Oyekan R, Smyth E, Matusz PJ (2018). Sensory dominance and multisensory integration as screening tools in aging. Scientific Reports 8: 8901.
  7. Retsa C, Matusz PJ, Schnupp J, Murray MM (2018) What's what in auditory cortices. Neuroimage 176:29-40.
  8. Merkley R, Matusz PJ, Scerif G (in press) The control of selective attention and emerging mathematical cognition: Beyond unidirectional influences. In A. Henik & W. Fias (Eds.) Heterogeneity of Function in Numerical Cognition.
  9. Matusz PJ, Wallace MT, Murray MM (2017) A Multisensory Perspective on Object Memory. Neuropsychologia, 105:243-252.
  10. Maitre NL, Key AP, Chorna O, Slaughter JC, Matusz PJ, Wallace MT*, Murray MM* (2017). The dual nature of early-life experience on somatosensory processing in the human infant brain. Current Biology 27(7):1048-1054.
  11. Turoman N, Merkley R, Scerif G, Matusz PJ (2017) How Do Kids and Grown-Ups Get Distracted in Everyday Situations?. Front Young Minds. 5:8. doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00008
  12. De Meo R, Matusz PJ, Knebel JF, Murray MM, Thompson RW, Clarke S (2016). What makes medical students better listeners. Current Biology, 26(13):R519-20.
  13. Ten Oever S, Romei V, van Atteveldt N, Soto-Faraco S, Murray MM, Matusz PJ. (2016). The COGs (context, object, and goals) in multisensory processing. Experimental Brain Research, 234: 1307-1323.
  14. Murray MM, Thelen A, Thut G, Romei V, Martuzzi R, Matusz PJ. (2016). The multisensory function of the human primary visual cortex. Neuropsychologia, 83: 161-169.
  15. Anken J, Knebel JF, Crottaz-Herbette S, Matusz PJ, Lefebvre J, Murray MM. (2016). Cue-dependent circuits for illusory contours in humans. Neuroimage, 129:335-344.
  16. Matusz PJ, Retsa C, Murray MM. (2016). The context-contingent nature of cross-modal activations of the visual cortex. Neuroimage, 125:996-1004.
  17. Sarmiento BR*, Matusz PJ*, Sanabria D, Murray MM (2016). Contextual factors multiplex to control multisensory processes. Human Brain Mapping, 37(1):273-88.
  18. Murray MM, Matusz PJ, Amedi A. (2015). Neuroplasticity: unexpected consequences of early blindness. Current Biology, 25(20): R998-R1001.
  19. Matusz PJ, Traczyk J, Sobkow A, Strelau J (2015). Individual differences in emotional reactivity moderate the strength of the relationship between attentional and implicit-memory biases towards threat-related stimuli. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 27: 715-24.
  20. De Meo R, Murray MM, Clarke S, Matusz PJ (2015). Top-down control and early multisensory processes: Chicken vs. egg. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 9:17.
  21. Matusz PJ*. Thelen A*, Amrein S, Geiser E, Anken J, Murray MM (2015) The role of auditory cortices in the retrieval of single-trial auditory-visual object memories. European Journal of Neuroscience 41: 699-708.
  22. Matusz PJ, Broadbent H, Ferrari J, Forrest B, Merkley R, Scerif G. (2015) Multi-modal distraction: Insights from children’s limited attention. Cognition 136:156-165.
  23. Thelen A*, Matusz PJ*, Murray MM (2014) Multisensory context portends object memory. Current Biology, 24(16): R434-5.
  24. Matusz PJ, Eimer M (2013). Top-down control of audiovisual search by bimodal search templates. Psychophysiology, 50, 996-1009.
  25. Matusz PJ, Eimer M (2011). Multisensory enhancement of visual attentional capture in visual search. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(5), 904-909.
  26. Traczyk J, Matusz PJ, Sobkow A (2010). Attention-driven bias for threat-related stimuli in implicit memory. Preliminary results from the Posner cueing paradigm. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 40(4), 163-171.
  27. Matusz PJ, Traczyk J, Gasiorowska A (2011). Kwestionariusz Potrzeby Poznania: The construction and empirical verification of a scale measuring cognitive motivation. Psychologia Społeczna, 6(2), 113-128. [In Polish]
  28. Matusz PJ (2009). Multisensory processing in spatial attention Posnen’ Cognitive Forum Proceedings, 3 (pp. 97-105). Poznan, PL: Polish Cognitive Society. [In Polish]


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