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Professor Tom Johnstone

Director of Neuroimaging


Neuroimaging. MRI. MEG. EEG. Psychophysiology. Emotion regulation. Cognitive Neuroscience. Open Science.

BSc in Physics (Western Australia), postgraduate research in cognitive science and psychology (Western Australia & Geneva, Switzerland), postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Head of brain imaging (Reading, UK).

Neural basis of cognition and emotion, in particular the role of cognitive and attentional processes in regulating emotion.
Brain-body interactions underlying emotional processes.
Studies of emotion regulation in healthy populations as well as in psychopathology, pain disorders and addiction.

Methodological focus developing data acquisition and analysis methods to integrate functional MRI, EEG and peripheral psychophysiology with behavioural measures.

Enthusiastic supporter of interdisciplinary, open and collaborative science.

Research interests

Biomedical science; Cognitive Psychology; Neuroscience; Psychological Measurement; Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Cognitive Psychology; Neuroscience; Psychological Measurement; Signal and Image Processing

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Brain-body interaction in emotion

Cross-modal brain imaging

MEG measures of neural connectivity

Reproducible open imaging analysis


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Absolutism, uncertainty, emotion

Heart, lungs, emotion


Also published as: Johnstone, Tom; Johnstone, T.; Johnstone, Iain; Johnstone, I.; Johnstone, I. T.; Johnstone, Iain Thomas; Johnstone, Thomas
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Simulated sailing: a new approach to ameliorate depression in patients with chronic diseases. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2023: Whole-head optically-pumped room-temperature magnetoencephalography *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2021: Australian Electrophysiology Data Analytics PlaTform (AEDAPT) *; Australian Research Data Commons
  • 2021: National Imaging Facility (NIF) Vic Biomedical Imaging Capability *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2019: Road Empathy: Understanding and evaluating campaigns for behaviour chanqe in behaviour drivers and VRUs *; ACT Road Safety Fund Grants Program

* Chief Investigator

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