Hudson, Dr Matthew

Lecturer in Psychology

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Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Lecturer in Health Psychology and Abnormal Psychology
  • Second Year Tutor


  • Ph.D in Psychology (2005-2010) - University of Hull, UK
  • MSc in Evolutionary Psychology (2001-2002) - University of Liverpool, UK
  • BA Hons in Psychology & Criminology (1998-2001) - University of Teesside, UK

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Psychology, National College of Ireland, Ireland (2018 to present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Turku, Finland (2017-2018)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aalto University, Finland (2015-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Plymouth, UK (2013-2015)
  • Lecturer in International Marketing, Universidad del Norte, Colombia (2011-2012)

Research Interests

  • Social Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Action Prediction
  • Emotional Empathy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Matthew's primary research interest is in how prior knowledge or other people's mental states has a top-down predictive effect on the perception of their behaviour, and how this process may be disrupted in those with autism spectrum disorders. Matthew has also researched how we automatically look to where others are looking, how we tend to imitate other people's actions, the social networks of characters in the plays of Shakespeare, and how neural activity becomes synchronised between individuals during emotionally intense situations. 

Recent Funding

  • University of Plymouth, UK (2013-2017) £333,461 (Economic and Social Research Council standard grant)

Professional Body Membership

  • Society for Social Neuroscience

Key Publications


Published International Journal Articles

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