Matheson, Dr. Heath

Matheson, Dr. Heath
BAH University of Winnipeg; MSc/PhD Dalhousie University; postdoctoral research University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George

Research and Expertise

What is thinking? How do we understand the world around us? How does the brain learn?

I am a theoretically motivated experimental psychologist pursuing the idea that cognition is embodied—that thinking and learning arise from brain-body-environment interactions in the service action. Using the brain imaging techniques of cognitive neuroscience (brain wave measurements using electroencephalography), my lab tests hypotheses about the role of embodied experience in shaping brain function and thought.

Some of our current research focuses on:

1. Learning semantic memory
2. Body schemas and conceptual thinking
3. Creative problem solving
4. Cannabis and thinking
5. Philosophy of neuroscience

In my lab we ask fundamental research questions about the nature of the mind/brain, addressing ‘big picture’ questions about how we learn and think. In understanding how the healthy brain works, our research has important implications for education and health. Students in the lab gain valuable hands-on training in the scientific study of human behaviour and the brain, skills that allow them to address a variety of problems related to human psychology. With this approach, I seek to improve our understanding of the organization of the brain and behaviour.

Research Fields:
  • Psychology
Areas of Expertise:

cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, experimental psychology, brain imaging, EEG, memory and learning

Languages Spoken:
  • English
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises in:
  • BSc
  • MSc
  • PhD
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications