John Kiat

Hey there! I’m John. At the moment I am wrapping up my PhD in Psychology, with focuses in Neuroscience & Behavior and Social Cognition, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a projected graduation in May 2018. Pretty excited to see what’s next!

My primary research interests lies in shedding light on the basic processes underlying socio-affective responses and decision-making. My work currently focuses on utilizing high-density EEG, in conjuction with behavioral methods, to assess how situational manipulations (e.g. individuation, top-down expectations) moderate responses associated with 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 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.

Click here to download a copy of my current CV (updated 1/5/2018) or here to shoot me a message via an interactive webform.