I am a postdoctoral fellow with R. Alison Adcock in the Motivated Memory Lab at Duke University’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. I completed a BSc(Hons) in Neuroscience at University of Toronto (2005) and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis (2013) under the supervision of Todd Braver.

Broadly, I am interested in examining affective and motivational influences on goal-directed cognition (cognitive control, learning, and memory). These investigations have employed a range of methods, including cognitive paradigms, psychophysiological measures, functional neuroimaging, and video analysis of behavior in naturalistic environments.

Key research questions include:

  1. Can goal pursuit be parsed into distinct components (i.e., subjective affect, motivational drive) with separable influences on cognition?
  2. How do approach and avoidance motivation differentially influence brain and behavior?
  3. What is the role of individual differences in modulating motivated cognition?

Email: kimberly.chiew@duke.edu