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I studied BSc in Psychology at Bangor University (Wales), before focusing on Neuroimaging during my Masters (in Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of York (England). Here we used MEG source localisation to identify brain signals (in space and time) associated with visual surprise.

I moved to Queensland (Australia) in 2015 to write my PhD under A/Prof. Pat Johnston at QUT. We used EEG and MEG to investigate whether brain signals of surprise demonstrated consistencies with current which view the brain as a prediction machine.

I recently joined the Cognition & Philosophy Lab (October 2019) to start work as a PostDoc to empirically test current theories of cognition and perception.

My key interests are in:
– Visual perception
– Top-down and bottom-up integration.
– Brain network connectivity and signal propagation.
– Emerging EEG and MEG temporo-spatial analysis techniques.

Education/Academic qualification

Behavioural Science, PhD, Queensland University of Technology

1 Jun 201512 Dec 2018

Cognitive Neuroscience, MSc, University of York

1 Sep 20131 Sep 2014

Psychology, BSc (Hons.), Bangor University

1 Sep 201013 Jul 2013

Research area keywords

  • Neuroimaging
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Predictive processing
  • Visual Perception/Processing
  • Electroencephalography
  • Magnetoencephalography
  • Aesthetic Preference

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Research Output 2016 2019

Prediction-error signals to violated expectations about person identity and head orientation are doubly-dissociated across dorsal and ventral visual stream regions

Robinson, J., Woods, W., Leung, S., Kaufman, J., Breakspear, M., Young, A. & Johnston, P., 1 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : NeuroImage. 116325.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Dose‐dependent modulation of the visually evoked N1/N170 by perceptual surprise: a clear demonstration of prediction‐error signalling

Robinson, J., Breakspear, M., Young, A. & Johnston, P., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Neuroscience.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Temporal and spatial localization of prediction-error signals in the visual brain

Johnston, P., Robinson, J., Kokkinakis, A., Ridgeway, S., Simpson, M., Johnson, S., Kaufman, J. & Young, A., 28 Feb 2017, In : Biological Psychology. 125, p. 45-57 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

13 Citations (Scopus)

Expectations about person identity modulate the face-sensitive N170

Johnston, P., Overell, A., Kaufman, J., Robinson, J. & Young, A., 21 Oct 2016, In : Cortex. 85, p. 54-64 11 p.

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Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme (UA-DAAD)

Jonathan Robinson (Recipient) & Patrick Johnston (Recipient), 1 Nov 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

Jonathan Robinson (Recipient), 23 Jul 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

The Brain Prize and IBRO-PERC stipend 2018

Jonathan Robinson (Recipient), 23 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience (Journal)

Jonathan Robinson (Peer reviewer)
14 Jun 20193 Oct 2019

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