Visual attention, eye movements, working memory, attentional control, brain plasticity, and cognitive training
Dr. Peterson is an Associate Professor in the Human Factors and Applied Cognition and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience divisions of the Department of Psychology, as well as a member of the Neuroscience Ph.D. program. His research is on visual attention and related areas, such as eye movements, working memory, multitasking, and visual cognition. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas followed by postdoctoral training in psychophysiology at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, such as Psychological Science, Cognition, Perception and Psychophysics, and Cerebral Cortex. Additionally, his work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Science Daily, and The Atlantic Monthly. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Army, and the United States Air Force.
He currently serves as the director of the human factors and applied cognition concentration of the MA in psychology and consulting editor of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
Dr. Peterson's research centers around the interaction between attention, working memory, and eye movements. Other interests include human factors topics such as human-robotic teaming and sensor-fusion.
Recent projects include exploring the effects of training and brain-stimulation on working memory and attention, to using EEG to measure the effects of grouping on working memory capacity.
Rabbit, L.R., Roberts, D.M., McDonald, C.G., & Peterson, M.S. (2017). Neural activity reveals perceptual grouping in working memory. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 113, 40-45.
Azarian, S.B., Buzzell, G.A., Esser, E.G., Dornstauder, A., & Peterson, M.S. (2017). Averted body postures facilitate orienting of the eyes. Acta Psychologica, 175, 28-32.
Azarian, S.B., Peterson, M.S., & Esser, E. (2016). Evidence from the eyes: Threatening postures hold attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 764-770
Bansal, S., Bray, L.J., Peterson, M.S., Joiner, W.M. (2015) The Effect of Saccade Metrics on the Corollary Discharge Contribution to Perceived Eye Location. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113(9), 3312-3322
Blumberg, E.J., Peterson, M.S., & Parasuraman, R. (2015) Enhancing Multiple Object Tracking Performance with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation; A Causal Role for the Anterior Intraparietal Sulcus. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
Blumberg, E. J., Foroughi, C. K, Scheldrup, M. R., Peterson, M. S., Boehm-Davis, D. A., & Parasuraman, R (2015, in press) Reducing the Disruptive Effects of Interruptions with Noninvasive Brain Stimulation. Human Factors
Azarian, S.B., Esser, E., & Peterson, M.S. (2015). Watch out! Directional threat-related postures cue attention and the eyes. Cognition and Emotion
* supervised graduate students
underline = students and post-docs under my supervision
"Electroencephalography (EEG) Feedback In Rapid Decision-Making" - Army Research Office
“Command and Control of Mixed Human and Robotic Forces.” - Provost’s Multidisciplinary Research Initiative
Paquette, N.A., Buzzell, G.A., Beatty, P.A., Bader, F., Sinclair, P., Craven, K., Greenwood, P., Peterson, M.S., & McDonald, C. (November, 2017). Stimulating the performance monitoring network: The long and short of it. Neuroscience 2017.
Kelly, S., Peterson, M.S., & Joiner, W. (May 2017). The Spatial Separation of Movement Goals and Preparation Time Determines Single vs. Averaged Saccade Motor Plans. 17th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL.
Peterson, M.S., Kelly, S., & Blumberg, E. (May 2017). Saccades Smear Spatial Working Memory. 17th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL.
Rabbit, L.R., McDonald, C.G., & Peterson, M.S. (May 2017). Perceptual Grouping Influences Neural Correlates of Spatial Working Memory. 17th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL.
Esser, E., & Peterson, M.S. (November 2016) Effects of Anxiety on Attentional Disengagement from Neutral Faces of Other Races. 24th Annual Workshop on Object Perception & Memory, Boston,MA.
Kelly, S., Zhou, W., Bansal, S., Peterson, M.S., Bray, L., Joiner, W. (May 2016). Quantifying the Spatiotemporal Properties of Saccade Averaging. 16th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete Beach, FL.
Bansal, S., Bray, L.C., Peterson, M.S., & Joiner, W.M. (November 2014). The contribution of corollary discharge to perceived eye location for different movement orientations and amplitudes. Neuroscience 2014. Washington, DC.
Foroughi, C.K., Blumberg, E.J., Scheldrup, M.R., Peterson, M.S., Parasuraman, R., & Boehm-Davis, D.B. (April 2014). Exploring the Relationship between the DLPFC and Task Resumption with tDCS. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Boston, MA.
Blumberg, E. J., Kidwell, B. D., Peterson, M. S., & Parasuraman, R. (April 2014). Improving multiple object tracking performance by stimulating the anterior intraparietal sulcus. 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Boston, MA.
10/29/2015 – Recent PhD recipient Bobby Azarian discusses our research (as well as others) on Fox News Radio.
9/22/2015 – PhD student and lab member Eric Blumberg featured on "Hidden Brain" (NPR)
Yi-Fang D. Tsai, The Effects of Working Memory Capacity on Workload and Task (2011)
Eric Blumberg, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Modulates Performance in Challenging Situations (2016)
Brian Falcone, Using Simultaneous tDCS and fMRI to Investigate How Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Enhances Complex Perceptual Learning Through Modulation of Task-relevant Brain Networks (2016)
Patrick R. Mead, Spatial Context Target Relearning in Memory-guided Visual Search (2017)