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Jarrod Lewis-Peacock

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
The University of Texas at Austin
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Professor Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock

Dr Jarrod Lewis-Peacock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

He received his BS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Computer Science, and PhD in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed three years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University prior to joining the faculty at UT Austin.

Dr Lewis-Peacock is passionate about understanding how human memory works. His research uses a combination of behavioural methods, functional neuroimaging, and computational approaches to study how people think, remember, and act. The Lewis-Peacock Lab at UT Austin specialises in applying machine learning algorithms to neuroimaging data in order to identify what an individual is thinking about from one moment to the next. This technique provides the ability to track fluctuations of thought with remarkable precision, and Dr Lewis-Peacock uses this to evaluate core assumptions about the cognitive and neural bases of learning and memory. The broad goals of his research are (1) to observe how people control the flow of their thoughts, (2) to characterise the short-term and long-term consequences of these control processes, and (3) to identify opportunities for people to make better use of their mental capacities to remember things that ought to be remembered and to forget things that ought to be forgotten.

Dr Lewis-Peacock shares that he is ‘grateful to reside in Austin, Texas, with his amazing wife and their four beautiful children’.

Select publications

  • Distinct monitoring strategies underlie costs and performance in prospective memory, Koslov, S. R., Bulls, L. S. & Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Memory & Cognition (2022)
  • Distraction in visual working memory: Resistance is not futile, Lorenc, E. S., Mallett, R., & Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Trends in Cognitive Sciences, S1364661320303016 (2021)
  • Neural reinstatement reveals divided organization of fear and extinction memories in the human brain, Hennings, A. C., McClay, M., Drew, M. R., Lewis-Peacock, J. A. & Dunsmoor, J. E., Current Biology (2021)
  • Differential neural plasticity of individual fingers revealed by fMRI neurofeedback, Oblak, E. F., Lewis-Peacock, J. A. & Sulzer, J. S., Journal of Neurophysiology 125, 1720–1734 (2021)
  • Changes to information in working memory depend on distinct removal operations, Kim, H., Smolker, H. R., Smith, L., L., Banich, M. T., & Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Nature Communications, 11(1), 1–14 (2020)
  • More is less: Increased processing of unwanted memories facilitates forgetting, Wang, T. H., Placek, K., & Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Journal of Neuroscience, 39(18), 3551–3560 (2019)
  • Competition between items in working memory leads to forgetting, Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Norman, K.A. Nature Communications, 5, 5768 (2014)
  • Neural evidence for a distinction between short-term memory and the focus of attention, Lewis-Peacock, J. A., Drysdale, A. T., Oberauer, K., & Postle, B.R., Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(1), 61-79 (2012)

Select awards

  • Faculty Research Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 2020
  • Laird Cermak Postdoctoral Award, Memory Disorders Research Society, 2012
  • Marian S. Schwartz Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009

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