Principal Investigator, SNSF Ambizione Program
Institute for Information Sciences,
Lausanne University Hospital and University of Lausanne
Rue du Bugnon 46, PE82, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
The Sense Innovation and Research Center
Lausanne and Sion, Switzerland
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Nashville, TN, USA
email: pawel.matusz [at] gmail.com
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.
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