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.


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

deBettencourt MT, Bainbridge WA, Rosenberg MD (accepted) Functional neuroimaging. To appear in APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd edition
Available upon request

deBettencourt MT, Williams SD, Vogel EK, Awh E (in press) 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