Hey there! I’m John Kiat. I hold a Ph.D. in Psychology, with focuses in Neuroscience & Behavior and Social Cognition (quantitative methods minor), from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and am currently working as a postdoc with Steve Luck at the Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience of UC-Davis.
My work currently focuses on utilizing high-density EEG, in conjunction with behavioral methods, to investigate important issues in the areas of social decision-making, affective responding and risk-responsivity. These research lines have the potential to shed light on the fundamental components of complex social cognition while simultaneously making useful contributions to our understanding of factors driving individual differences in social affective responding.
Over my career, I have the privilege of being mentored by and collaborating with individuals from a diverse range of disciplines (a big shout out to Jacob Cheadle, Robert Belli, Mike Dodd, Dennis Molfese and everyone who has helped me move forward in so many different ways). I’ve also had the honor of receiving tremendous support from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through numerous fellowships including the Othmer, Fling and Dean awards.
Technique-wise, I’ve received extensive training in behavioral-experimental methods, advanced statistical methods including multi-level and mixed modelling techniques (shoutout to Lesa Hoffman & Jonathan Templin!) as well as various imaging methods through programs at UNL, the NIH (AFNI boot camp) and courses at the MGH/MIT/HMS Martinos Center for biomedical imaging.
More detailed information on my lines of research can be found under the research tab.