Jack Peters

PhD candidate

Research Interests

I am fascinated by the plasticity of emotional memory and how we can change these memories to advance treatments of anxiety and related disorders to help people feel better. In my research, I investigate the dissociation between the affective, cognitive, and behavioural fear expression over time with the aim of better understanding treatment mechanisms. I am running a clinical memory reconsolidation intervention study as well as experimental studies with healthy participants as part of my PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Merel Kindt and Dr. Renée M. Visser.


I graduated with from the University College Maastricht in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on Psychology (2016, BSc, Cum Laude, with honours). I proceeded with my Research MSc in Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University with a specialization in Psychopathology (2018, Cum Laude). I conducted my master’s thesis research during a 1-year internship at Harvard University under the supervision of Prof. Richard J. McNally and Prof. Tom Smeets. My time at the McNally lab sparked my interest in memory reconsolidation and the malleability of emotional memories that I pursued to investigate during my PhD.

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