Curriculum Vitae

Matthew Scott Matell


Personal Information:


Work Address:            Department of Psychology

Tolentine Hall

Villanova University

                                    Villanova, PA 19085

                                    Phone: (610) 519-4756

                                    Fax: (610) 519-4269



Born:                           October 21, 1971, Cincinnati, Ohio


Married:                       Lyla Justine Kaplan, MS


Children:                      Ruben Wolf Matell


Educational History:


9/95-12/00       Duke University

                        M.A., Ph.D. in Psychology

                        Graduate Advisor, Dr. Warren Meck


9/90-9/94         Ohio State University

                        B.S. in Psychology


Research History:


8/09-present    Associate Professor

                        Villanova University, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience


8/03-7/09         Assistant Professor

                        Villanova University, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience


12/00-8/03     Research Fellow

                        University of Michigan, Neurology, Behavioral Neuroscience

                        Supervisors, Drs. Wayne Aldridge and Kent Berridge


8/95-12/00     Research Assistant/Fellow

Duke University, Psychology: Experimental, Behavioral Neuroscience

Supervisors, Drs. Warren Meck and Miguel Nicolelis


10/94-7/95       Research Assistant

Virginia Tech, College of Veterinary Medicine, Neuroscience

Supervisor, Dr. Brad Klein

1/94-9/94         Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ohio State University, Department of Psychology, Biopsychology

Supervisor, Dr. Martin Sarter


Teaching History:


8/09-present    Associate Professor

                        Villanova University, Psychology

                        Graduate Biopsychology/Lab

                        Undergraduate Biopsychology/Lab

                        Neural and Behavioral Economics Seminar


8/03-7/09         Assistant Professor

                        Villanova University, Psychology

                        Graduate Biopsychology/Lab

                        Graduate Psychopharmacology Seminar

                        Undergraduate Biopsychology/Lab


8/96-12/98       Teaching Assistant

                        Duke University, Psychology: Experimental

                        Biological Basis of Behavior

Research Methods

                        Supervisors, Drs. Christina Williams, Carl Erickson, Warren Meck


Honors and Awards:


8/2012             D.G. Marquis Behavioral Neuroscience Award

                        Division 6, American Psychological Association

                        Awarded for best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2011


7/11-6/14         R15 – Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)

                        National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

                        National Institute of Health

                        “Synthesis of Incongruent Temporal Information”


6/09-8/09         Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant

Villanova University

                        “Temporal Averaging in the Rat”


6/07-6/09         R03 – Small Grant

                        National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

                        National Institute of Health

                        “Neuroanatomical Localization of the Dopaminergic Modulation of Clock Speed”


9/04-9/05         B-START (Behavioral Science Track Awards for Rapid Transition),

                        National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

                        National Institute of Health

                        “Neural Activity of the Frontal Cortex in Interval Timing”


6/04-8/04         Summer Research Fellowship and Research Support Grant

Villanova University

                        “Neurophysiology of Interval Timing in Rats: Prefrontal Cortex”


12/01-8/03       National Research Service Award (Individual),

National Institute of Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

“Neural Mechanisms of Sequential Control”


12/00-12/01     National Research Service Award (Institutional)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship.


10/00-12/00     Annie Laurie Aiken Fellowship in Neuroscience

Aiken Neuroscience Institute and Duke University


10/97-10/00     National Research Service Award (Individual)

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

“Neural Mechanisms of Interval Timing in Rats”


2/97                 Honorable Mention

NSF Predoctoral Fellowship


Professional Societies:


Sigma Xi

Society for Neuroscience

American Psychological Association


Invited Presentations:


Career Pathways in Behavioral Science - Satellite Symposium Society for Neuroscience, Wednesday, October 27, 1999, Matthew Matell (F31) - “Potential coding of temporal intervals by striatal neurons”

Cortico-Striatal Involvement in Temporal Perception”, presented to clinical neuropsychology group, University of Pennsylvania (Jan 2005)

“Functions of the Basal Ganglia in Timing and Time Perception”, presented to the Biology department, Villanova University (October 2005)

“Neural mechanisms of timing and time perception: Involvement of the basal ganglia in temporal decisions”, presented to the Center for Neural Science, New York University (December 2005)

Panelist for Neurobiology of Internal Clocks – 39th annual Winter Brain Conference: “Involvement of the basal ganglia in temporal control, as indicated by pharmacological and lesion studies, and by electrophysiological recordings”, Steamboat Springs, CO (January 2006)

“Neural mechanisms of time perception: Involvement of the basal ganglia in temporal decisions”, presented to the John B. Pierce Labs, Yale University (December 2006)

“Neural mechanisms of time perception”, presented to the Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Camden (November 2007)

 “Striatal activity in relation to temporally predictable and unpredictable reinforcement in the rat”, presented at the European Association for Behaviour Analyses, Madrid Spain (September 2008)

 Cortical and Striatal Activity Patterns Underlying Interval Timing”, presented to the Neuroscience Department, Medical University of South Carolina (Feb 2009).

“Heterogeneous Cortical Firing Patterns and the Puzzle of Temporal Averaging”, presented to the Psychology Department, Temple University (April 2010).

“Stimulus Compounding Reveals Flexible Temporal Memory Integration at Retrieval”. Matell, M.S. & Kurti, A. Panel talk given at Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQuAB), (2012).

“When’s my reward? Retrieval related modulation of temporal expectations”. Presented to the University of the Sciences Psi Chi chapter and Timing group (April 2013).

“Temporal Memory Averaging: Evidence for a Memory Singularity”. Presented at 2nd Brazilian Meeting on Brain and Cognition, UFABC, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sep 2013).

“Serotonergic Modulation of Temporal Memory Retrieval”. Presented at 37th Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Neuroscience and Behavior, Belo Horizonte, Brazil (Sep 2013).

“Temporal Memory Averaging: What it tells us about Temporal Representations in the Brain”, Panel Member, Winter Conference for Brain Research (Jan 2014).


Media Citations


Frontiers – BBC Radio 4 programme:  “Time Perception” (featured guest), June, 1998.

The Body Clock:  What Makes Us Tick?” a British Broadcasting Company (BBC) documentary filmed on location at Duke University, Columbia University, Rockefeller University, and Northwestern University – directed by Alison Baum. Film aired in the UK on January 9, 1999, appeared on August 6th & 8th on the Discovery Channel in the US, and in August of 2000 in Japan (dubbed in Japanese).

Bhattacharjee, Y. (2006). Neuroscience: A timely debate about the brain. Science, 311, 596-598.

Wallisch, P. (2008). An Odd Sense of Timing. Scientific American: Mind, 19, 36-43.

Wentzel, S. (2012). Marking Time, Villanova Magazine, Fall, 26-29.


Published Manuscripts:


Journal articles:


Matell, M. S. & King, G. R. (1997). 5-HT3 agonist induced DA release in the nucleus accumbens during withdrawal from continuous cocaine administration. Psychopharmacology, 130, 242-248.

Matell, M. S. & Meck, W. H. (1999). Reinforcement-induced within-trial resetting of an internal clock. Behavioural Process, 45, 159-171. Special Issue: Interval Timing: Is there a clock?

Matell, M. S. & Meck, W. H. (2000). Neuropsychological mechanisms of interval-timing behavior. Bioessays 22, 94-103. Special Issue: Biological Timing Mechanisms.

Krupa, D. J., Matell, M. S., Brisben, A. J., Oliveira, L. M. & Nicolelis, M. A. L. (2001). Behavioral properties of the trigeminal somatosensory system in rats performing whisker dependant tactile discriminations. Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 5752-5763.

Matell, M. S., Meck, W. H., & Nicolelis, M. A. L. (2003). Interval timing and the encoding of stimulus duration by striatal and cortical neurons. Behavioral Neuroscience, 117, 760-773.

Matell, M. S., King, G.R., & Meck, W. H. (2004). Differential modulation of clock speed by the administration of intermittent versus continuous cocaine, Behavioral Neuroscience, 118, 150-156.

Matell, M. S. & Meck, W. H. (2004). Cortico-striatal circuits and interval timing: Coincidence-detection of oscillatory processes. Cognitive Brain Research, 21, 139-170.

Lustig, C., Matell, M. S., & Meck, W. H. (2005).  Not “just” a coincidence:  Frontal-striatal interactions in working memory and interval timing. Memory, 13, 441-448.

Matell, M. S., Aldridge, J. W., & Berridge, K. C. (2006). Dopamine D1 activation shortens the duration of phases in stereotyped grooming sequences. Behavioural Processes 71, 241-249. Special Issue: Interval Timing: The Current Status.

Matell, M. S., Bateson, M., & Meck, W. H. (2006). Single-trials analyses demonstrate that increases in clock speed contribute to the methamphetamine-induced horizontal shifts in peak-interval timing functions. Psychopharmacology, 188, 201-212.

Matell, M. S. & Portugal, G. S. (2007). Impulsive responding on the peak-interval procedure.  Behavioural Processes, 74, 198-208. Special Issue in Honor of Russell Church.

Gooch, C. M., Wiener, M., Portugal, G. S., & Matell, M. S. (2007). Evidence for separate neural mechanisms for the timing of discrete and sustained responses, Brain Research, 1156, 139-151.

Wiener, M. Magaro, C.M., & Matell, M.S. (2008). Accurate timing but increased impulsivity following excitotoxic lesions of the subthalamic nucleus. Neuroscience Letters, 440, 176-180.

Swanton, D. N., Gooch, C. M., & Matell, M. S. (2009). Averaging of Temporal Memories by Rats.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 434-439.

Wiener, M., Hamilton, R., Turkeltaub, P., Matell, M.S., Coslett, H.B. (2010). Fast Forward: Supramarginal Gyrus Stimulation Alters Time Measurement. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 23-31.

Swanton, D. N. & Matell, M.S. (2011). Stimulus Compounding in Interval Timing: The Modality-Duration Relationship of the Anchor Durations Results in Qualitatively Different Response Patterns to the Compound Cue. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 37, 94-107.

Matell, M.S., Shea-Brown, E., Gooch, C.M., Wilson, A.G., & Rinzel, J. (2011).  A heterogeneous population code for elapsed time in rat medial agranular cortex. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125, 54-73.   Awarded D.G. Marquis award for best paper in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2011.

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2011). Nucleus accumbens dopamine modulates response rate but not response timing in an interval timing task, Behavioral Neuroscience, 125, 215-25.

Portugal GS, Wilson AG and Matell MS (2011) Behavioral sensitivity of temporally modulated striatal neurons. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5:30. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00030.

Wiener M, Matell MS and Coslett HB (2011) Multiple mechanisms for temporal processing. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5:31. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2011.00031.

Matell, M. S., & Henning, A. M. (2013). Temporal memory averaging and post-encoding alterations in temporal expectation. Behavioral Processes, 95, 31-39. Special Issue: SQAB 2012: Timing. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2013.02.009

Meck, W.H., Church, R.M., & Matell, M.S. (2013). Hippocampus, time, and memory – a retrospective analysis. Behavioral Neuroscience, 127, 642-54. doi: 10.1037/a0034201.

Matell, M.S., Kim, J.S. & Hartshoryn, L. (2014). Timing in a variable interval procedure: Evidence for a memory singularity. Behavioural Processes, 101, 49-57. Special Issue on Timing and Associative Learning. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2013.08.010

Matell, M. S., & Kurti, A. N. (2014). Reinforcement probability modulates temporal memory selection and integration processes. Acta Psychologica, 147, 80-91. Special Issue on Timing Within and Between Senses. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.06.006


Book chapters:


Matell, M. S., Meck, W. H., & Nicolelis, M. A. L. (2003). Integration of behavior and timing: Anatomically separate systems or distributed processing? In W.H. Meck (Ed.), Functional and neural mechanisms of interval timing. (pp. 371-391). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Kurti, A., Swanton, D. N., & Matell, M. S. (in press). The potential link between temporal averaging and drug-taking behavior. In V. Arstila & D. Lloyd (Eds.), Subjective Time, MIT Press.

Matell, M.S. (in press). Searching for the Holy Grail: Temporally Informative Firing Patterns in the Rat. In H. Merchant & V. Lafuente (Eds.), Neurobiology of Interval Timing. Springer Editorial System.


Manuscripts Under Review and In Prep:

Wilson, A.G., Matell, M.S., & Crystal, J.D. (under review). The influence of multiple

temporal memories in the peak-interval procedure.

Extrapolation of temporal expectancy: Matell, M.S., Hughes, M., Shapiro, Z., Tervo-Clemens, B. (in prep).

Different value due to different clock speeds. Shapiro, Z., Matell, M.S. (in prep).


Conference Presentations:

Shapiro, Z, & Matell, M.S. (2013). Effects of 5-HT1a agonist administration on multi-duration timing. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 39

Matell, M.S., Hartshore, L., Moore, A., Kim, J., & Bisbing, T. (2012). A Single, Scalar, Temporal Expectation Results from an “Equal Value” 15-45s Variable-Interval Procedure.  Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3) Satellite Meeting. 

Henning, A. & Matell, M.S. (2012). The effects of posterior temporal cortical lesions on retrieval of expected reward times. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 38

Cerasiello, S.Y., Hartshorne, L. & Matell, M.S. (2012). The effects of 5HT1a agonist administration on temporal memory selection. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 38

Shapiro, Z. & Matell, M.S. (2012). Effects of amphetamine pre-exposure on temporal control. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 38

Kim, J. & Matell, M.S. (2012). Failure to renormalize: Support for a temporal memory retrieval bias. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 38

Kim, J. & Matell, M.S. (2011). Amphetamine induces an optimistic bias in temporal memory retrieval. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 37

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2011). Averaging of temporal memories across drug states.  Soc Neurosci Abstr. 37 (previously presented at CO3, 2011).

Leman, J., Matell, M.S., & Brown, M. (2011). Averaging of temporal memories under conditions of incomplete information. 18th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2011). Averaging of temporal memories across drug states.  18th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Harron, C. & Matell, M.S. (2010). Striatal Activity During a Tempo Discrimination Task in the Rat. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 36.

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2010). Nucleus accumbens dopamine modulates response rate but not response timing in an interval timing task.  Soc Neurosci Abstr. 36.

Matell, M.S., Hughes, M. & Kurti, A. (2010). Temporal “Extrapolation” by rats in the Peak-Interval Procedure. 17th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Kurti, A & Matell, M.S. (2010). Interval timing behavior in response to stimulus compounds as a function of reinforcement probability. 17th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2009). Microinjections of amphetamine into the dorsal striatum increases early responding in an interval timing task.  Soc Neurosci Abstr. 35.

Swanton, D.N. & Matell, M.S. (2009). The effects of dopaminergic modulation on temporal memory averaging.  Soc Neurosci Abstr. 35.

Kurti, A. & Matell, M.S. (2009). Modality effects on clock-speed in a delay discounting task. 16th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Swanton, D.N. & Matell, M.S. (2009). Characterization of temporal averaging using single-trials analysis. 16th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Matell, M.S. & Swanton, D.N. (2009). Stimulus Compounding in the Peak Procedure: Modality Effects.  16th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Murray, C.A., Magaro, C.M., Swanton, D.N., & Matell, M.S. (2008). Bi-directional modulation of peak spread, but not peak time, via pharmacological manipulations of the substantia nigra pars reticulate. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 34.

Wiener, M., Hamilton, R.H., Turkeltaub, P., Matell, M.S., & Coslett, H.B. (2008). Fast forward: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of parietal cortex disrupts temporal perception. Cognitive Neuroscience Society abstracts 15.

Matell, M.S., Gooch, C.M., Swanton, D. N. (2008). Temporal averaging on the peak-interval procedure.  15th Comparative Cognition Conference (CO3).

Murray, C.A. & Matell, M.S. (2006). Dopamine modulation of interval timing occurs via the substantia nigra pars compacta, not ventral tegmental area. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 32.

Wiener, M. & Matell, M.S. (2006). Visual cortex lesions do not eliminate temporal control on a visual-timing task. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 32.

Gooch, C.M., Wilson, A. G., Shea-Brown, E., Rinzel, J., & Matell, M. S. (2006). Firing patterns of premotor cortex are correlated with temporal estimates in the rat. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 32.

Wiener, M. & Matell, M.S. (2005). Subthalamic nucleus lesions impact the initiation of a temporal estimate. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 31.

Portugal, G.S. & Matell, M.S. (2005). The firing rate of striatal neurons is differentially modulated by the start and stop decisions of a temporal estimate. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 31.

Matell, M.S., Portugal, G.S., & Wiener, M. (2005). Methamphetamine induces opposite effects in briefly trained versus highly trained rats. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 31.

Matell, M.S., Berridge, K.C., & Aldridge, J.W. (2003). Striatal firing patterns code multiple types of behavioral sequences. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 29.

Matell, M.S., Berridge, K.C., & Aldridge, J.W. (2002). Alteration in the duration of stereotyped grooming phases following D1 dopamine agonist administration. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 28.

Matell, M.S., Chelios, C.M., Meck, W.H., & Sakata, S. (2000). Effect of unilateral or bilateral retrograde 6-OHDA lesions of the substantia nigra pars compacta on temporal motor control. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 26.

Cohen, D. Matell, M.S., Meck , W.H., & Nicolelis, M.A.L. (2000). Role of the Medial Dorsal Prefrontal Cortex in a Temporal Perception Task. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 26.

Matell, M.S., Meck, W.H., & Nicolelis, M.A.L. (1999). Potential coding of temporal intervals by striatal neurons. Soc for Neurosci Abstr, 25.

Krupa, D.J., Matell, M.S., Brisben, A.J., Oliveira, L.M., Laubach, M., & Nicolelis, M.A.L. (1999). Ensemble neuronal encoding in freely behaving rats performing a learned, whisker dependent discrimination task. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 25.

Matell, M.S. (1999).  Striatal coincidence detection model of interval timing. Winter Conference on Brain Research.

Meck, W. H., Hinton, S.C., & Matell, M.S. (1998). Coincidence-detection models of interval timing: Evidence from fMRI studies of cortico-striatal circuits. NeuroImage, 7, S281.

Matell, M.S., Manos, H.M., & Meck, W.H. (1998). The effects of clozapine on clock speed in the tri-peak procedure. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 24.

Matell, M.S. & Meck, W.H. (1997). A comparison of the Tri-Peak and Peak-Interval procedure in rats: Equivalency of the clock speed enhancing effect of methamphetamine on interval timing. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 23.

Matell, M.S., Meck, W.H., & King, G.R (1996). Changes in rescaling temporal responding on the Tri-Peak procedure after modulation of cocaine reactivity. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 22.

King, G.R., Matell, M., & Little, P. (1996). Cocaine sensitization, tolerance and 5-HT3 receptors. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 22.

Klein, B.G. & Matell, M. (1995). Chronic changes in S100b immunoreactive cell density are not coincident with altered serontonergic afference in trigeminal brainstem following adult infraorbital nerve transection. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 21.

Sarter, M., Holley, L.A., & Matell, M. (1994). Cholinergic Deafferentation of the visual cortex by intracranial infusions of 192 IgG saporin in rats: effects on visual discrimination and visual attention. Soc Neurosci Abstr, 20.




Grant Panels:

NIH - Biobehavioral Regulation, Learning and Ethology Study Section – temporary member (2004-2009)

NIH - Minority Biomedical Research Support Committee – temporary member (2011)

NIH – NIDA CEBRA (Cutting Edge Basic Research Awards) – temporal member (2013)

NSF - Pre-Doctoral Fellowship panel (2006-2009)


Foreign Grant Review Agencies:

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

Israel Research Grant (IRF)

Czech Science Foundation


Editorial Positions:

Timing and Time Perception (Consulting Editor)

Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience (Review Editor)

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (Review Editor)



Acta Psychologica; Behavioural Brain Research; Behavioral Neuroscience; Behavioural Processes; Biosystems; Brain Research; Cognitive Brain Research; Cortex; Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes; Journal of Neuroscience Methods; Learning & Memory; Neuropsychologia; Neuroscience Letters; Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior; Proceedings of the Royal Society: B. Biological Sciences; Psychological Bulletin; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Science.





Undergraduate Advisory Committee (2003-2004, 2010-2011)

Graduate Advisory Committee (2005-2010, 2012-present)

Faculty Search Committee (2006 – Cognitive Neuroscience), (2010 – Experimental Social)


A&S Core Curriculum Review – Task Force VII – Self Directed Student Learning (2008)

Committee on Computing Needs of the College (2009+)


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2005-present)

Committee for review of Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (2010-2011)


Panel Chair, “It’s all in the Timing”, Winter Conference for Brain Research (2014)


Graduate students/Post-docs supervised at Villanova University:


Students and their current academic locations.


Cindy Gooch, Ph.D. (Temple University)


George S. Portugal, Ph.D., (Columbia University Medical Center)


Martin Wiener, Ph.D., (George Mason University)


A. George Wilson, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)


Allison Kurti, M.S. (University of Florida)


Zvi Shapiro (Penn State University)


Jung Kim (American University)