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Dr Matthew Hughes

Post Doctoral Research Fellow


Dr Matthew Hughes is an early career researcher at Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) where he is the National Imaging Facility (NIF) Fellow for MRI research. He completed his doctoral work in 2010 at the University of Newcastle under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Pat Michie, Dr Ross Fulham and Dr Bill Budd that was concerned with understanding the neural basis of stop-signal response inhibition in healthy controls and its impairment in patients with schizophrenia. He is continuing this work at SUT using 3T MRI and MEG with an NHMRC grant awarded in 2013, and extending it to patients with bipolar disorder who exhibit the same impairment. A further aim of this work is to understand links between impaired inhibitory control and psychotic symptoms in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Finally, Dr Hughes is exploring neurocognitive impairment in patients with anorexia nervosa and hoarding disorder.

Research interests

Neuroscience; Neuroscience

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Psychology - 170100
  • Clinical Sciences - 110300
  • Neurosciences - 110900

Teaching areas



Also published as: Hughes, Matthew; Hughes, M.; Hughes, Matthew E.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for Anorexia Nervosa *; Swiss Anorexia Nervosa Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2017: An investigation of neurocognitive abnormalities in anorexia nervosa. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Are plasm oxytocin and vasoppressin levels associated with depressive symptons and amygdala activation during the processing of negative emotions? A preliminary study. (Student Award - Student: Sally Grace) *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Investigating the impact of hearing aid use on brain activity *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Investigating the relationship between glutathione, mood and memory *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Understanding the role of inhibitory dysfunction in affective network alteration and auditory verbal hallucinations in patients with bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Neural correlates of reward and punishment associated with trichotillomania. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: A comprehensive investigation of neurocognitive, emotional and neurobiological processes in body dysmorphic disorder. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Cerebrovascular integrity and cognitive functioning in Alzheimer's disease *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Using the latest neuroimaging and genetic advances to improve our understanding of hearing voices *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2012: Genetic and brain function predictors of outcome in the treatment of hoarding disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2012: The Neural Basis of Moral Reasoning in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Its Relationship to Depression *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2012: The Neurocognitive Effects of Lacprodan PL-20 in Elderly Participants with Age-Associated Memory Impairment *; Arla Foods Ingredients Group P / S (Denmark)
  • 2012: Using MEG to better understand the temporal characteristics of auditory hallucinations *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2011: Investigating the neural processes of Attention Sharing in those with High & Low autistic tendency *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator

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