Megan deBettencourt



I am currently a post-doc in the Institute for Mind and Biology and the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago, working with Ed Awh and Ed Vogel.

I completed my PhD in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University, working with Ken Norman and Nick Turk-Browne.


My research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory, with a methodological emphasis on developing brain-computer interfaces to understand cognition. I am especially interested in the consequences of attention fluctuations, for what we detect & encode and what we can retrieve. I use a variety of tools for my research, including MRI, EEG, eye-tracking, and behavior.


For a recent CV, click here.


The best way to contact me is by email:
debetten [at] uchicago [dot] edu

My mailing address is:
940 E 57th St
Awh/Vogel Lab
Chicago, IL 60637


deBettencourt MT, Turk-Browne NB, Norman KA (under review) Neurofeedback helps to reveal a relationship between context reinstatement and memory retrieval. Available on bioRxiv:

deBettencourt MT, Norman KA, Turk-Browne NB (2018) Forgetting from lapses of sustained attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 25(2): 605 - 611
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deBettencourt MT & Norman KA (2016) Neuroscience: Incepting associations. Current Biology. 26(14): R673 – 5
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Schnyer DM, Beevers CG, deBettencourt MT, Sherman SM, Cohen JD, Norman KA, Turk- Browne NB (2015) Neurocognitive therapeutics: from concept to application in the treatment of negative attention bias. Biology of Mood & Anxiety Disorders. 5: 1
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deBettencourt MT, Cohen JD, Lee RF, Norman KA, Turk-Browne NB (2015) Closed-loop training of attention with real-time brain imaging. Nature Neuroscience. 18(3): 470 – 475
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Stoeckel, L, Garrison, KA, Ghosh, S, Wighton, P, Hanlon, CA, Gilman, JM, Greer, S, Turk-Browne, NB, deBettencourt, MT, Scheinost, D, Craddock, C, Thompson, T, Calderon, V, Bauer, CC, George, M, Breiter, HC, Whitfield-Gabrieli, S, Gabrieli, JD, LaConte, SM, Hirshberg, LM, Brewer, JA, Hampson, M, van der Kouwe, A, Mackey, S, Evins, AE (2014) Optimizing real-time fMRI for neurotherapeutic discovery and development. NeuroImage: Clinical. 5: 245 – 255
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Kalbfleisch ML, deBettencourt MT, Kopperman R, Banasiak M, Roberts JM, Halavi M (2013) Environmental influences on neural systems of relational complexity. Frontiers in Psycholology. 4:631
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deBettencourt MT, Goldman RI, Brown TR, Sajda P (2012) Adaptive thresholding to improve sensitivity in single-trial simultaneous EEG/fMRI. Frontiers in Psycholology. 2: 91
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