Matthew B Thompson


I’m a cognitive scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School. I recently finished a Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA and UCI. I research the nature of expertise and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint identification, toward improving the value of expert testimony to promote rightful convictions and prevent wrongful ones. I’m also interested in the Flashed Face Distortion Effect and, more generally, the distinction between categorization and identification in judgment and decision making. Along with Jason Tangen, I run one of the most popular Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the planet, The Science of Everyday Thinking, on edX.


  • A guide to interpreting forensic testimony: Scientific approaches to fingerprint evidence DOI: 10.1093/lpr/mgt011
  • Human matching performance of genuine crime scene latent fingerprints DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000051
  • Expertise in fingerprint identification DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12203
  • Flashed face distortion effect: Grotesque faces from relative spaces DOI: 10.1068/p6968
  • Identifying fingerprint expertise DOI: 10.1177/0956797611414729
  • Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Background visual motion and sound motion DOI: 10.1177/0018720810367790
  • Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Role of mental and manual load DOI: 10.1177/0018720810367914
  • The importance of ground truth: An open-source biometric repository DOI: 10.1518/107118110X12829370088246
  • Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display and auditory display EID: 2-s2.0-78049389707
  • Multisensory integration with a head-mounted display: Sound delivery and self-motion DOI: 10.1518/001872008X312323

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