Connecting European Neuroscience

Matthew Rushworth

Chair of the CARE (2016 - 2018)

Curriculum Vitae


Matthew Rushworth is a Research Fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology and Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB), University of Oxford, UK.  He has previously worked in London and in Montreal. 

General administrative and organisational experience

Senior Editor, The Journal of Neuroscience, previously Reviewing Editor, The Journal of Neuroscience and Reviewing Editor, The European Journal of Neuroscience. Previous member of the Royal Society Animals in Research Committee.

Previous position as FENS officer

CARE member (2014 - 2016)

Research interests

Matthew Rushworth’s recent work has been concerned with the operation of neural circuits in prefrontal and cingulate cortex during decision making and social interaction.  He is also interested in understanding functional interactions between brain areas during decision making and the anatomical connections that mediate those functional interactions.  Over the years the laboratory has been quick to develop and employ techniques for investigating brain-behaviour relationships that can be used with human subjects and/or which are non-invasive, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI).  In some cases, however, it is also necessary to use animal models and the laboratory’s work has been conducted not just with human subjects but also with rats and macaques.

Selected Publications

Kolling N, Behrens TE, Mars RB, Rushworth MF. Neural mechanisms of foraging. Science. 2012 Apr 6;336(6077):95-8.

Sallet J, Mars RB, Noonan MP, Andersson JL, O'Reilly JX, Jbabdi S, Croxson PL, Jenkinson M, Miller KL, Rushworth MF.  Science. 2011 Nov 4;334(6056):697-700. Social network size affects neural circuits in macaques.

Rushworth MF, Noonan MP, Boorman ED, Walton ME, Behrens TE.  Frontal cortex and reward-guided learning and decision-making.  Neuron. 2011 Jun 23;70(6):1054-69.



Matthew Rushworth

University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology
Address: South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3UD