Megan Peters

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Associate Professor, Cognitive Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2014, Psychology: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2010, Psychology: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
B.A., Brown University, 2006, Cognitive Science
University of California, Irvine
2314 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway Building
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
perception, metacognition, consciousness, computational modeling, computational cognitive neuroscience
Research Abstract
My research aims to reveal how the brain represents and uses uncertainty, and performs adaptive computations based on noisy, incomplete information. I specifically focus on how these abilities support metacognitive evaluations of the quality of (mostly perceptual) decisions, and how these processes might relate to phenomenology and conscious awareness. I use neuroimaging, computational modeling, machine learning and neural stimulation techniques to study these topics.
Short Biography
I am an Associate Professor in the UCI Department of Cognitive Sciences. I’m also a Cooperating Researcher in the Department of Decoded Neurofeedback at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan, and a Fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Brain, Mind, & Consciousness program. Prior to joining UCI I was an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside in the Department of Bioengineering. I received my Ph.D. in computational cognitive neuroscience (psychology) from UCLA, having worked with Ladan Shams, and then was a postdoc there working with Hakwan Lau.
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