September 26, 2021

Matt Apps

Matthew Apps. BSc. MSc. PhD.



My first degree was in Psychology at Royal Holloway (2004-2007). I was then awarded an open competition ESRC studentship to pursue an MSc in Research methods in Psychology at the University of Reading (2008) and a PhD working with Dr. Narender Ramnani (2008-2011) at Royal Holloway.  I spent two happy years working with Prof.Manos Tsakiris as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the LAB. I have now moved to the Nufflied Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, to work with Prof. Masud Husain.



Research interests:

My research is focussed on understanding the mechanisms in the human brain that underpin learning and decision-making. I am particularly interested in investigating the processes of plasticity that underpin social interactions, value-based decision-making and facial recognition. I use a range of techniques including fMRI and TMS in conjunction with computational modelling approaches.

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Apps, M.A.J., & Tsakiris, M. (in press). Predictive Codes of Familiarity and Context during the Perceptual Learning of Facial Identities. Nature Communications.

Apps, M. A. J., Tajadura-Jiménez, A., Sereno, M., Blanke, O., & Tsakiris, M. (2013). Plasticity in Unimodal and Multimodal Brain Areas Reflects Multisensory Changes in Self-Face Identification. Cerebral Cortex, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht199

Apps, M.A.J., & Tsakiris, M (in press). The free-energy self: A predictive coding account of self-recognition. Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews.

Apps, M.A.J., Green, R., &  Ramnani, N. ( 2013). Reinforcement learning signals in the anterior cingulate cortex code for others’ false beliefs. Neuroimage, 64 (1): 1-9

Apps, M.A.J., Tajadura-Jimenez, A., Turley, G,. & Tsakiris, M. (2012). The different faces of one’s self: an fMRI study into the recognition of current and past self-facial appearances. Neuroimage, 63, 1720-1729.

Apps, M.A.J., Balsters, J. H.,  & Ramnani, N. (2012).  The Anterior Cingulate Cortex: Monitoring the outcomes of others’ decisions. Social Neuroscience, 7 (4): 424-435

Lesage E., Apps, M. A. J., Hayter, A. L., Beckmann, C. F., Barnes, D., Langdon, D. W., & Ramnani, N. (2010).  Cerebellar Information Processing In Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS). Behavioural Neurology.23, 1-2: 39:49.