Dear Colleagues,

I will have an opening in my laboratory at the University of Alberta for one, and possibly two, excellent graduate students at the masters or PhD level beginning in September 2016. If you or any of your colleagues have honours or research students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in cognitive neuroscience of attention, including the electrophysiological and psychophysiological correlates of perception and cognition, please alert them to this opportunity.


The official application deadline is 15 January 2016 to be considered for admission beginning in September 2015, however, applications will be reviewed as soon as they are complete. Please refer to our departmental web pages for information about our graduate program, and to my own web pages for information about my current and recent research. I can also accept students through the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, which has a later deadline, less course load, no GRE requirement, but has no guaranteed funding from the department.

My brand new laboratory in the department of psychology is equipped with cutting edge electrophysiological monitoring equipment, including 64 channel active EEG systems in shielded chambers, as well as portable 16 channel amplifiers. We are able to measure brain, muscle, eye, and heart activity both during traditional laboratory tasks, as well as in real world applied situations like driving and sports. The University of Alberta also has a new 3T MRI scanner, along with an MRI compatible EEG system, and numerous other tools in various labs around campus. I plan for my graduate students to routinely attend local, national, and international conferences to disseminate their research findings as well as to network and establish contacts with like-minded scientists from other institutions. Importantly, my students and I have a record of publishing in top journals.

Strong background in either electrophysiological research or Matlab programming (or both) is desired. Students who bring or apply for their own funding are particularly encouraged to apply, but NSERC and start-up funds are available to fund graduate students.

I thank you in advance for thinking of my laboratory when advising your trainees about potential graduate school opportunities. Please do not hesitate to have them contact me directly with any questions they may have, or to forward this note to interested students.


Thank you,

Kyle E. Mathewson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Affiliate – Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

University of Alberta

P455 – Biological Sciences Building

11455 Saskatchewan Dr.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E9

Phone: 1-780-492-2662



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My Phone 0 Sep 21, 2015 With the help of University of Alberta psychology professor Dr. Kyle Mathewson, Jordan finds out if his phone is really making him less focused, attentive and overall, a more stupid, shallow person.

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The Future of Wearables: Kyle Mathewson on New Interfaces for the Human Body


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A psychology professor from the University of Alberta will blow your mind in episode 4 of the Future of Wearables podcast this week. Kyle Mathewson has developed new technologies relevant to wearables – all to help him study the human brain in the real world. What does that mean for the mobile industry?


From interfaces that feel like human skin to button-free interactions – what might seem like far-off science fiction is already a reality. In fact, Mathewson’s work has impacted wearable devices already on the market – and many more to come. He’s currently testing an EEG headset called Muse, by InteraXon in Toronto. It uses Bluetooth to transmit your brain waves during meditation to either your iPhone, or to a computer.

As these wearable technologies gain adoption, researchers and businesses are excited by the new data that can help us learn more about how our brains work outside the lab. It’s a mind-bending conversation you don’t want to miss!


Mathewson might seem far out, but he’s really not far off. And there’s tremendous opportunity for businesses creating apps and wearables interfaces. Within just 3 years, the smart glasses industry could become a $6 billion opportunity. Analysts at Onalytica also predict about 170 million fitness trackers and activity monitors will be sold by 2017.Business Insider forecasts that 91.6 million smartwatch units will be sold globally in 2018.

But entirely new interfaces require wearable apps designers and developers to take an innovative approach to UI/UX and visual design. Everything is still extremely experimental – you need to innovate while evaluating and testing.

How do you design apps that make the most of these new interfaces and bring the future to life? Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer (and Apple Design Award winner) Piotr Gajos shared the following tips about creating compelling interactions on wearable apps that go beyond buttons to select, navigate, and input data.


Design interactions that make it easy for the user to push and squeeze the device itself to interact with the pressure-sensitive touchscreen – like on the Apple Watch. The interaction target is much larger – making the entire device essentially a button. It’s like the device is made out of rubber. You can squeeze in different directions, press on it, and pull on it. The wearable responds to what users do with it, and they can feel the change on their fingertips.


When a wearable can read gestures without touching it – it’s important to design for simple gestures such as waving a few fingers in front of the device, not the user’s whole arm. It might sound awkward (like giving voice commands to a device in public) – but this type of interaction can be designed in a tasteful and minimalist way.


If the wearable device has a rear-facing camera, think about including eyesight tracking so you can incorporate how the user’s eyes move. Then your app can respond to reactions inside the eye. Curious to learn how eyesight tracking is being used today? Listen to The Future of Wearables episode 2 with Affectiva’s Boisy Pitre on technology used to map people’s facial expressions to “read” emotions.


Right now it’s difficult to take advantage of all the sensors available on a wearable because of battery issues. Once battery life improves, you’ll be able to do more with the heart rate sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer. For example, continuous heart rate monitoring could make it possible to detect trends and predict behaviors. Imagine an app experience where the user is about to get exhausted, or when they’ve had too much rest and need to move around, and the app starts playing energizing music.


We love working with clients that seek our mobile design and app development services – and they’ve asked us to create awesome apps for the wearable tech market. A great example of a recent project: Vuzix and their enterprise smart glasses.

If you’re thinking about entering the wearable tech market or have an existing app that you’d like to reimagine for the Apple Watch, smart glasses or other devices – you’ve come to the right place.


Sourcebits is sponsoring The Future of Wearables podcast – sign up to get a weekly email with the latest episode. Each week, host Heather Schlegelinterviews mobile industry thought leaders and wearable makers.

By Sooz June 10, 2015


Sooz, Content Marketing Specialist, wrangles all things content at Sourcebits.

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Talk this week at MacEwan

March 15, 2015

This week I will be giving a talk at my alma mater MacEwan University: Illuminating the Brain Dynamics of Attention, Learning, and Performance Tue, Mar 17 2015 Presented By: Kyle E. Mathewson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Faculty of Science, University of Alberta The mechanisms by which our brain selectively attends to the world […]

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Speaking at Ideafest Victoria – March 3

February 15, 2015

I’ll be out west speaking at an Ideafest event with Jim Tanaka and Kim Kerns regarding the brain and technology:  

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Radio interview with BBC world service – health check

December 1, 2014

An interview covering our research on distracted driving has been featured on BBC world service – Health Check with Claudia Hammond. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here.  

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Graduate Opportunities, Mathewson Lab, University of Alberta

November 3, 2014

Dear Colleagues,   I am writing now to let you know that I will have an opening in my laboratory at the University of Alberta for one, and possibly two, excellent graduate students beginning in September 2015. If you or any of your colleagues have honours or research students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in […]

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BBC World News Piece on new Psych Science Paper

October 24, 2014

Here is a clip of the BBC World News IMPACT broadcast coverage of our new paper in Psychological Science: Gaspar, J., Street, W., Windsor, M., Carbonari, R., Kaczmarski, H., Kramer, A.F., & Mathewson, K.E. (in press). Providing Views of the Driving Scene to Drivers’ Conversation Partners Mitigates Cell-Phone-Related Distraction. Psychological Science.   Live Broadcast topic. […]

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Video phone could help curb distracted driving

October 8, 2014

Safer driving possible when cellphone callers can see what the driver sees, study shows. By Kristy Condon on October 8, 2014 In a driving simulator, study participants were better at avoiding collisions while using a cellphone if the phone gave the caller a video view similar to what a passenger would see. A new study […]

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May 2, 2014 Have you ever accidentally missed a red light or a stop sign? Or have you  heard someone mention a visible event that you passed by but totally missed seeing? “When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see,” said Kyle Mathewson, Beckman […]

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