Dr Matthew Apps BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Matthew Apps

School of Psychology
Senior Research Fellow (≈Associate Professor) / BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

Dr. Apps is a leading expert in the computational, cognitive and neural basis of motivation and social behaviour. More info about the labs work can be found here: www.MSN-lab.com


BSc.(Hons.) Psychology,

MSc. Psychological Research Methods,

PhD. in Cognitive Neuroscience


Dr. Apps obtained a First-class BSc. in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL_, before receiving a ESRC 1+3 scholarship to complete an MSc (with Distinction) at Reading University and a PhD at RHUL, under the supervision of Prof. Narender Ramnani. He undertook postdoctoral positions first under the supervision of Prof. Manos Tsakiris at RHUL and then moving to the University of Oxford with Prof, Masud Husain. In 2015 Dr. Apps was awarded a BBSRC Future Leader Fellowship at the University of Oxford, and subsequently started the MSN lab on a 5-year ~£1.2m BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship in 2018. He joined the Centre for Human Brain Health, Institute of Mental Health and School of Psychology at University of Birmingham as a Senior Research Fellow (≈Associate Professor) in summer 2020. He is also a Senior Associate Research Fellow at Christ Church college, Oxford.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr. Apps is keen to hear from interested potential PhD students to discuss funding possibilities. Please send him a brief email with CV and reason for interest in the MSN lab.


The Psychological and Biological basis of motivation, decision-making, cognitive control, and social cognition.

Other activities


o             University of Oxford Recognition of Excellence (2019)

o             Society for Social Neuroscience Early Career Award (2018)

o             Christ Church college Senior Associate Research Fellowship (2018-2023)

o             University Research Lecturer honorary title (2017)

o             European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN) Young Scientist Award (2016)

o             Society for Neuroscience Professional Development Award (2016)

o             Fulford Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College, Oxford (2014-2016)

o             OHBM Trainee Award  (2009 & 2015)



o            Editorial Board member at Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Reports (2017 - present)

o             Board member for the Society for Social Neuroscience (2019 – present)


For a fully up to date list of Publications, please visit Dr. Apps Google Scholar page: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=ZTqTFbwAAAAJ&hl=en

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