Dr Brian Mathias

Dr Brian Mathias
Dr Brian Mathias
Dr Brian Mathias


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Room F10, William Guild Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
110 St. Machar Drive
AB24 2UB

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School of Psychology


  • 2022- Lecturer, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • 2019-21 Research Associate and Lecturer, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
  • 2016-19 Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
  • 2016 PhD Psychology, McGill University, Canada
  • 2011 MSc Psychology, McGill University, Canada
  • 2007-09 German Chancellor Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
  • 2007 BA Psychology and Music, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Research Overview

  • Neurocognition of language and music
  • Sensory-motor interactions in human communication
  • Multilingualism and second language learning
  • Neuromodulation and adaptive plasticity
  • Multimodal enrichment in education

Funding and Grants

  • 2023-24 Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant 
  • 2022-24 Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) Grant
  • 2022-23 Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Grant
  • 2020 Dresden University of Technology Research Funding Award
  • 2017-21 German Research Foundation Grant 
  • 2016-17 Erasmus Mundus Postdoctoral Fellowship in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2016 Quebec Fonds de Recherche en Nature et Technologies (FQRNT) Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2015 Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) Research Grant
  • 2015 Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT) Grant
  • 2011-14 US National Science Foundation (NSF) Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2009-11 Richard H. Tomlinson Master's Fellowship
  • 2007 Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship
  • 2007 German Fulbright Scholarship
  • 2006 US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellowship in Mental Health Research

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PS5557 Quantitative and Qualitative Methods and Research Design (MRes)
  • PS5529 Methods and Analysis in Psychology (MSc)
  • PS4040 Current Topics in Psychological Studies
  • PS3522 Quantitative Research Methods (Methodology B)
  • PS3518 Developmental Psychology

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