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I am a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist based at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences in Melbourne, Australia. I am currently appointed as a Senior Research Fellow and ARC DECRA Fellow at Monash, and lead the Monash Cognitive Neurology Laboratory. I consult at cognitive clinics at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and Alfred Health. 

I completed both my undergraduate research training (BMedSc) and medical training (MB,BS) with Honours at Monash University in 2002. I then embarked on my doctoral research with Jason Mattingley at the University of Melbourne, and in collaboration with Nancy Kanwisher at MIT. After being awarded my PhD in 2007, I returned to speciality training in Neurology via St. Vincent's Hospital and The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) as a consultant neurologist in 2013. That year, I was awarded an NH&MRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Early Career Fellowship, which I took to Oxford to work with Masud Husain. I returned to Australia in 2015 to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders in Sydney, before commencing my current position at Monash. 

Research Interests

Cognitive impairments affect individuals across a broad range of neurological disease. The Cognitive Neurology Laboratory at Monash University seeks to understand the neurobiology of learning, memory and decision-making in healthy individuals, and how these processes are impacted by neurological illness. 

Our research bridges the domains of basic cognitive neuroscience and clinical cognitive neurology, with the ultimate goal of developing new paradigms that may be translated into the clinical setting to guide the diagnosis and management of cognitive symptoms. 

To accomplish this, we combine insights from psychology, economics and neuroscience, and apply cross-disciplinary methodologies including psychophysics, computational modelling, electroencephalography, structural and functional brain imaging, pharmacological intervention, and brain lesion studies.

Research area keywords

  • Decision-making
  • Motivation
  • Reward
  • Dopamine
  • Parkinson's disease

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Dopamine restores cognitive motivation in Parkinson's disease

McGuigan, S., Zhou, S-H., Brosnan, M. B., Thyagarajan, D., Bellgrove, M. A. & Chong, T. T-J., 1 Mar 2019, In : Brain. 142, 3, p. 719-732 14 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Computational modelling reveals distinct patterns of cognitive and physical motivation in elite athletes

Chong, T. T-J., Apps, M. A. J., Giehl, K., Hall, S., Clifton, C. H. & Husain, M., 8 Aug 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 11 p., 11888.

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Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Dissociation of reward and effort sensitivity in methcathinone-induced Parkinsonism

Chong, T. T-J., Bonnelle, V., Veromann, K. R., Juurmaa, J., Taba, P., Plant, O. & Husain, M., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Neuropsychology. 12, 2, p. 291-297 7 p.

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Open Access

Dopamine and reward: a view from the prefrontal cortex

Chau, B. K. H., Jarvis, H., Law, C-K. & Chong, T. T-J., Oct 2018, In : Behavioural Pharmacology. 29, 7, p. 569-583 15 p.

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Neurocognitive correlates of medication-induced addictive behaviours in Parkinson's disease: A systematic review

Dawson, A., Dissanayaka, N. N., Evans, A., Verdejo-Garcia, A., Chong, T. T. J., Frazzitta, G., Ferrazzoli, D., Ortelli, P., Yücel, M. & Carter, A., May 2018, In : European Neuropsychopharmacology. 28, 5, p. 561-578 18 p.

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