Department of Psychology and the College
Edward Awh’s research is focused on cognitive and neural models of memory and attention. He uses a combination of behavioral testing, electrophysiology, and functional MRI (fMRI) to understand how people focus their moment-to-moment attention on the most relevant internal thoughts or aspects of their environment. Recently, he has been using both electroencephalography (EEG) and fMRI to decode the contents of memory or the current focus of attention, to provide powerful new tools for further study.
His work has appeared in numerous scholarly publications, such as the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. He is an elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and the Association for Psychological Science.
Awh received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a PhD from the University of Michigan. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Previously, he was a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and was affiliated with its Institute of Neuroscience.