Chair, Department of Psychology
M.A., Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)
My current research interests cover two main areas:
1. Neuroethics of Cognitive Enhancement: I have recently become interested in how people define cognitive enhancement and what factors are related to one’s willingness to use pharmaceuticals to enhance their cognitive performance and other aspects of psychological functioning.
2. Perceptions and Realities of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: I am interested in the critical examination of how well we can reliably and validly predict the onset of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer disease or AD). I am also interested in what the members of the public think about the risk for developing AD and their views on how effective the current treatments are for AD.
PSYC 2018H-A Fall PTBO: Critical Thinking and Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 2019H-A Winter PTBO: Basic Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
Peters, K.R., Ray, L., Smith, V., & Smith, C.T. (2008). Changes in the density of Stage 2 sleep spindles following motor learning in young and older adults. Journal of Sleep Research, 17(1), 23-33.
Katz, S., & Peters, K.R. (2008). Enhancing the mind? Memory medicine, dementia, and the aging brain. Journal of Aging Studies, 22, 348-355.
Peters, K.R., Rockwood, K., Black, S.E., Hogan, D.B., Gauthier, S.G., Loy-English, I., Hsiung, G-Y., Jacova, C., Kertesz, A., & Feldman, H.H. (2008). Neuropsychiatric symptom clusters and functional disability in Cognitively-Impaired-Not-Demented individuals. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16(2), 136-144.
Peters, K.R., Smith, V., & Smith, C.T. (2007). Changes in sleep architecture following motor learning depend on initial skill level. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(5), 817-829.