Faculty & Staff Directory
- Associate Professor
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 is currently a 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