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 cognitive dynamics, and how they influence what we detect, encode, and retrieve. I have developed tools to track and manipulate cognitive fluctuations in real time, by using brain-computer interfaces and neurofeedback. My research has encompassed sustained attention, working memory, and long-term memory. I use a variety of cognitive neuroscience and psychology techniques in my research, including behavior, eye tracking, EEG, and MRI.


For a recent CV, click here.


deBettencourt MT, Bainbridge WA, Rosenberg MD (submitted) Functional neuroimaging. To appear in APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd edition
Pre-print available upon request

Keene PA*, deBettencourt MT*, Awh E, Vogel EK (submitted) Pupillometry signatures of sustained attention and working memory.

deBettencourt MT, Williams SD, Vogel EK, Awh E (submitted) Sustained attention and spatial attention distinctly influence long-term memory encoding.

Mennen AC, Turk-Browne NB, Wallace G, Seok D, Jaganjac A, Stock J, deBettencourt MT, Cohen JD, Norman KA, Sheline YI (accepted) Cloud-based fMRI neurofeedback to reduce the negative attentional bias in depression: a proof-of-concept study. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 6(4): 490-497
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Hakim N, deBettencourt MT, Awh E, Vogel EK (2020) Attention fluctuations impact ongoing maintenance of information in working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 27(6): 1269–1278
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deBettencourt MT, Keene PA, Awh E, Vogel EK (2019) Real-time triggering reveals concurrent lapses of attention and working memory. Nature Human Behaviour 3: 808–816
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Adam KCS* & deBettencourt MT* (2019) Fluctuations of attention and working memory. Journal of Cognition
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deBettencourt MT, Turk-Browne NB, Norman KA (2019) Neurofeedback helps to reveal a relationship between context reinstatement and memory retrieval. NeuroImage 200: 292-301
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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 Psychology. 4:631

deBettencourt MT, Goldman RI, Brown TR, Sajda P (2012) Adaptive thresholding to improve sensitivity in single-trial simultaneous EEG/fMRI. Frontiers in Psychology. 2: 91


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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