John Kiat

Every day, we face decisions requiring rapid and accurate responses. The outcomes to our choices, regardless of how conscious we are of them, can be rather perplexing. Why do we empathize with some people and not others? Why are we caught off guard in one social situation but not another? How do we decide which aspects of our day to day memories are accurate? Identifying and evaluating every piece of potentially relevant information in these situations would leave us in a constant state of analysis paralysis. Yet, we make it through each day resolving hundreds if not thousands of such decisions, each in seconds rather than years. To achieve this, instead of considering every piece of available data, attentional biases focus our cognition on a more limited range of information. My research interests focus on shedding light on how these biases shape higher order thought. To do so effectively given the speed of human cognition, my research approach combines the millisecond resolution of high-density electroencephalography (EEG) with well-established experimental methods. I utilize this approach in two distinct research programs focusing on social cognition and false memory.

Most of my current work involves the use of High-Density EEG, most frequently using the 256-channel EGI hydrocel based system (though I do also dabble in portable low-density arrays and have experience with gel based approaches too). For a full list of completed and ongoing papers, you can download a copy my CV here. Feel free to message me here or at  for a copy of any paper that interests you! :

 

SOCIAL COGNITION

 

MEMORY

 

MISC PROJECTS

 

ABSTRACTS