Matt Dixon

How do we effectively focus on important events in the external environment  or an internal train of thought?  I am interested in delineating the brain network dynamics that govern attention, with an emphasis on the default network, dorsal attention network, and frontoparietal control network.  My research employs graph theoretical analyses in conjunction with resting-state and task-based functional connectivity data to examine how brain network organization changes across different contexts.

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  • Dixon, M.L., Andrews-Hanna, J.R., Spreng, R.N., Irving, Z. & Christoff, K. (submitted). Anticorrelation between default and dorsal attention networks varies across default subsystems and cognitive states. [Download PDF]
  • Dixon, M.L., Girn, M., & Christoff, K. (submitted). Hierarchical organization of frontoparietal control networks underlying goal-directed behavior. Invited chapter for: M. Watanabe (editor). Prefrontal cortex as an executive, emotional and social brain. Springer.
  • Dixon, M.L., Thiruchselvam, R., Todd, R., & Christoff, K. (under review). Emotion and the prefrontal cortex: An integrative review.


  • Ellamil, M., Fox, K.C.R., Dixon, M.L., Pritchard, S., Todd, R.M., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (2016). Dynamics of neural recruitment surrounding the spontaneous arising of thoughts in experienced mindfulness practitioners. Neuroimage. [Download PDF]
  • Fox, K.C.R., Dixon, M.L., Nijeboer, S., Lifshitz, M., Girn, M., Floman, J.L., & Christoff, K. (2016). Functional neuroanatomy of meditation: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 78 functional neuroimaging investigations. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews , 65, 208-228. [Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L. (2015). Cognitive control, emotional value, and the lateral prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Psychology, 6:758.  [Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L. & Christoff, K. (2014). The lateral prefrontal cortex and complex value-based learning and decision making. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews, 45, 9-18.  [Download PDF]
  • Dixon, M.L., Fox, K., & Christoff, K. (2014). Evidence for rostro-caudal functional organization in multiple brain areas related to goal-directed behavior. Brain Research. 1572, 26-39.  [Download PDF]
  • Dixon, M.L., Fox, K., & Christoff, K. (2014). A framework for understanding the relationship between externally and internally directed cognition. Neuropsychologia, 62, 321-330.  [Download PDF]
  • Fox, K.C.R., Nijeboer, S., Dixon, M.L., Floman, J.L., Ellamil, M., Rumak, S., Sedlmeier, P., & Christoff, K. (2014). Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners. Neuroscience and BioBehavioral Reviews, 43, 48-73.  [Download PDF]
  • Schmitz, T.W., Dixon, M.L., Anderson, A.K., & De Rosa, E. (2014). Distinguishing attentional gain and tuning in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 35 (11), 2514-2525.  [Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L. & Christoff, K. (2012).  The decision to engage cognitive control is driven by expected reward-value: neural and behavioural evidence. PLoS One, 7(12), 1-12.  [Download PDF]
  • Fox, K., Zakarauskas, P., Dixon, M.L., Ellamil, M., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (2012).  Meditation experience predicts introspective accuracy.  PLoS One, 7(9), 1-9.   [Download PDF]


  • McCaig, R.G.,  Dixon, M.L.,  Keramatian, K, Liu, I., & Christoff, K. (2011). Improved modulation of rostrolateral prefrontal cortex using real-time fMRI training and meta-cognitive awareness. Neuroimage, 55(3), 1298-1305.   [Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L. (2010).Uncovering the neural basis of resisting immediate gratification while pursuing long-term goals.The Journal of Neuroscience, 30(18), 6178-6179.  [Download PDF]
  • Dixon, M.L., Zelazo, P.D., & De Rosa, E. (2010). Intact memory-guided attention in school-aged children. Developmental Science, 13(1), 161-169.   [Download PDF]


  • Dixon, M.L., Ruppel, J., Pratt, J., & De Rosa, E. (2009). Learning to ignore: acquisition of sustained attentional suppression.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 16(2), 418-23. [Download PDF]