neural computation lab

prospective grad students & postdocs, please contact Dr. Peters

we use neuroimaging and computational modeling to study how the brain represents and uses uncertain information.

welcome to the neural computation lab

PI: Dr. Megan Peters

submitted & preprints

Knotts, J.D., Lau, H., & Peters, M.A.K. (preprint, submitted). Continuous flash suppression and monocular pattern masking impact subjective awareness similarly.

Rajananda, S., Peters, M.A.K., Lau, H., & Odegaard, B. (preprint). Subjective inflation of color saturation in the periphery under temporal overload.

Ruby, E., Maniscalco, B., Lau, H., & Peters, M.A.K. (in revision). On a 'failed' attempt to manipulate conscious perception with transcranial magnetic stimulation to prefrontal cortex.


Odegaard, B., Grimaldi, P., Hah Cho, S., Peters, M.A.K., Lau, H., & Basso, M. (in press). Superior colliculus neuronal ensemble activity signals optimal rather than subjective confidence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Miuccio, M., Liu, Ka Y., Lau, H., & Peters, M.A.K. (2017). Six-fold over-representation of graduates from prestigious universities does not necessitate unmeritocratic selection in the faculty hiring process. PLoS ONE.

Peters, M.A.K., Kentridge, R.W., Phillips, I., & Block, N. (2017). Does unconscious perception really exist? Continuing the ASSC20 debate. Neuroscience of Consciousness 3(1), nix015.

Peters, M.A.K.*, Thesen, T.*, Ko, Y.D.*, Maniscalco, B., Carlson, C., Davidson, M., Doyle, W., Kuzniecky, R., Devinsky, O., Halgren, E., & Lau, H. (2017).  Human intracranial electrophysiology suggests suboptimal calculations underlie perceptual confidence. Nature Human Behaviour. [pdf] [supplemental material]

Peters, M.A.K., Fesi, J., Amendi, N., Knotts, J.D., Lau, H., & Ro, T. (2017). Transcranial magnetic stimulation to visual cortex induces suboptimal introspection. Cortex. [pdf]


Peters, M.A.K., Ma, W.J., & Shams, L. (2016). The Size-Weight Illusion is not anti-Bayesian after all: A unifying quantitative Bayesian account. PeerJ, 4: e2124.

Peters, M.A.K., Ro, T., & Lau, H. (2016). Who's afraid of response bias? Neuroscience of Consciousness. doi:10.1093/nc/niw001.

Maniscalco, B., Peters, M.A.K., & Lau, H. (2016). Heuristic use of perceptual evidence leads to dissociation between performance and metacognitive sensitivity. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi:10.​3758/​s13414-016-1059-x.


Peters, M.A.K., & Lau, H. (2015). Human observers have optimal introspective access to perceptual processes even for visually masked stimuli. eLife. doi:10.7554/eLife.09651.

Peters, M.A.K., Balzer, J., & Shams, L. (2015).  Smaller = denser, and the brain knows it: biases in human density perception mirror the natural distribution of object density. PLoS ONE 10(3), e0119794.


Balzer, J., Peters, M.A.K., & Soatto, S. (2013). Volumetric reconstruction applied to perceptual studies of size and weight.  WACV14: IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision. arXiv:1311.2642 [cs.CV].

Peters, M.A.K., Thompson, B., Merabet, L.B., Wu, A.D., & Shams, L. (2013). Anodal tDCS to V1 blocks visual perceptual learning consolidation.  Neuropsychologia, 51(7), 1234-1239.

Kim, R., Peters, M.A.K., & Shams, L. (2012).  0+1>1: how adding non-informative sound improves performance on a visual task.  Psychological Science, 23(1), 6-12.