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Matthew Iveson

Senior Data Scientist

Education/Academic qualification

2011Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Goal maintenance: examining capacity, competition, and duration, and their relation to intelligence and processing speed
2009Master in Science, University of Edinburgh
Investigation the differential cognitive ageing of dorsolateral, medial, and orbital prefrontal cortices.
2005Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh
The effects of visual feedback in a bimanual tapping task


I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working jointly between the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology and the Administrative Data Research Centre – Scotland. My background is primarily in experimental psychology, focussing on the effects of ageing on abilities such as working memory and executive functions. This includes a year spent working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Kyoto University, Japan. In my current role, however, I am involved in linking administrative data to existing psychological databases in order to create large-scale resources for answering important population-wide questions.

Research Interests

Investigating how childhood cognitive abilities and circumstances can help to predict social and health outcomes in later life, such as employment and disability.

Understanding the cognitive changes resulting from healthy adult ageing, particularly regarding intelligence and executive functions.

Investigating differences in the way in which adults approach complex tasks, and the strategies they use to complete them.

Research activities & awards

  1. Visit from the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. Childhood cognitive ability and the use of care in later life

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. Getting access to data in Scotland

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

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