Matthew Jones

Research group:
029 2087 0365 ext. 20069
CUBRIC, Maindy Road

Research summary

My PhD focuses on the identification of early-life cognitive biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD), and involves the development of new cognitive paradigms, applied alongside the latest eye-tracking technology.  My PhD is supervised by Professor Kim Graham.

Teaching summary

2014 - Current: PS1018 - Research Methods in Psychology: Postgraduate Tutor
I run small-group tutorials/seminars with first-year undergraduate students, teaching them about research methods and statistics.   This also involves marking lab reports and providing regular group and one-to-one feedback.

2014 - Current: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Statistics/SPSS Demonstrator
I assist postgraduate students on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme with applying statistical tests using SPSS to their research.  This include demonstrating how SPSS can be used in single-case studies, psychological testing and quantitative methods.

2015 - Current: Software Support Tutor
I run weekly drop in sessions for final-year undergraduate students to assist them in using experiment-building software—such as E-Prime, DirectRT and MediaLab—to run their final-year projects.

Full list of publications


Media activities

As the Communications Officer for the Postgraduate Cardiff Neuroscience Society (PCNS) as well as being a member of it committee, I organise neuroscience-related events and talks.  The aim is to integrate researchers and academics from different disciplines, and encourage multidisciplinary discussion.

I am currently active in numerous public-engagement events, including regularly assisting in the popular ‘Brain Games’ events and being responsible the social media and communications.  I also helped run the Laboratory of Neuroillusions in Einstein’s Garden at Green Man festival in 2014.

Research topics and related papers

My current research involves the investigation of potential eye-movement alterations in individuals at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (for summary see Molitor, Ko & Ally, 2014).  Using representational models of memory as a theoretical framework, I am interested in how individuals at increased genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease process complex visual stimuli, and how they remember these over time.


My studentship is funded by the ESRC, and I am a student working as part of the Wales Integrative PhD Programme in Neurodegeneration (WIN), an interdisciplinary collaboration across many different Schools within Cardiff University (e.g., Social Sciences, Psychology, Medicine).  

Research group

Wales Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN)
Wales Integrative PhD Programme in Neurodegeneration (WIN)
Cardiff University Brain Research and Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)

Undergraduate education

2010-13 - BSc. Psychology with Clinical Psychology (First Class), University of Kent, Canterbury

Postgraduate education

2013-14 - MSc. Social Science Research Methods (ESRC Funded), Cardiff University, Cardiff
2014-18 – PhD (ESRC Funded), Cardiff University, Cardiff

Awards/External committees

2014 – SSRM Conference – “Best Poster”
2014 – School of Psychology Postgraduate Conference – “Peoples Choice – Best Poster”


Prior to starting my PhD at Cardiff I worked as a project manager for a consultancy firm, managing the implementation of bespoke IT solutions to compliment large-scale culture change programs within large blue-chip companies.