Jonathan Robinson


I studied BSc in Psychology at Bangor University (Wales), before focusing on Neuroimaging during my Masters (in Cognitive Neuroscience) at the University of York (England). Here we used MEG source localisation to identify brain signals (in space and time) associated with visual surprise.

I moved to Queensland (Australia) in 2015 to write my PhD under A/Prof. Pat Johnston at QUT. We used EEG and MEG to investigate whether brain signals of surprise demonstrated consistencies with current which view the brain as a prediction machine.

I recently joined the Cognition & Philosophy Lab (October 2019) to start work as a PostDoc to empirically test current theories of cognition and perception.

My key interests are in:
– Visual perception
– Top-down and bottom-up integration.
– Brain network connectivity and signal propagation.
– Emerging EEG and MEG temporo-spatial analysis techniques.


  • Present:    David Ahmedt-Aristizabal, Tharindu Fernando, Simon Denman, Jonathan E. Robinson, Sridha Sridharan Patrick J. Johnston, Kristin R. Laurens, Clinton Fookes (Under Review) Identification of Children At Risk of Schizophrenia via Brain Activity Response and Deep Learning. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
  • Nov 2019:     Jonathan E. Robinson, Will Woods, Michael Breakspear, Jordy Kaufman, Sumie Leung, Andy Young, & Patrick J. Johnston (2019). Expectancy violations in the dorsal and ventral stream: A double dissociation study. NeuroImage.
  • Apr 2018:     Jonathan E. Robinson, Michael Breakspear, Andrew W. Young, & Patrick J. Johnston (2018). Dose dependent modulation of the visually evoked N1/N170 by perceptual surprise: A clear demonstration of prediction-error signalling. European Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Jan 2017:     Patrick Johnston, Jonathan E. Robinson, Athanasios Kokkinakis, Samuel Ridgeway, Michael Simpson, & Andrew W. Young (2017). Temporal Localization of prediction-error signals in the visual brain. Biological Psychology.
  • Nov 2016:     Patrick Johnston, Anne Overell, Jordy Kaufman, Jonathan E. Robinson, & Andrew W. Young (2016). Expectancy about person identity modulate the face-sensitive N170. Cortex.