Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Postdoctoral Training: Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences, Brain Imaging Center
  • Ph.D.: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A.: University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Email: eric.peterson@unco.edu
  • Phone: (970) 351-1057
  • Office: McKee Room 62
  • Laboratory web site: Under construction
  • Personal website: Under construction
  • Office Hours Spring 2015:
    • Tuesday, Thursday: 11-12:00; 1:15-2:15

Recent Courses Taught

  • Cognition
  • Graduate Seminar in Psychology of Autism
  • Graduate Seminar in Social Cognitive Neuroscience
Research Interests | Peer Review Articles | Recent Presentations | Book Chapters | Book Reviews

Research Interests

Coming Soon

Peer Review Articles

Peterson, E., & Welsh, M.C. (2014). Formative versus reflective measurement in executive functions: A critique of Willoughby et al. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research & Perspectives.

Baker, C.G, Peterson, E., Pulos, S., & Kirkland, R.G (2014). A meta-analysis examining the relationship between IQ and the Eyes Test performance. Intelligence, 44, 78 – 92.

Peterson, E., & Peterson, R.L. (2014). The development of global and local processing: A comparison of children to adults. Journal of Cognition and Development, 15(3), 506 – 519.

Welsh, M., & Peterson, E. (2014). Issues in the Conceptualization and assessment of hot executive functions in childhood. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20(2), 152 – 156.

Gadgil, Milind, Peterson, E., Tregellas, J., Hepburn, S., & Rojas, D. (2013). Differences in global and local level information processing in autism: An fMRI investigation. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 115 – 121.

Kirkland, R.G, Peterson, E., Baker, C. G, Miller, S.G, & Pulos, S. (2013). Meta-analysis reveals female superiority in the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test.” North American Journal of Psychology, 15(1), 121 – 146.

Peterson, E., & Miller, S.M.G (2012). The Eyes Test as a measure of individual differences: How much of the variance reflects Verbal IQ rather than social cognition? Frontiers in Personality Science and Individual Differences, 1 – 6. Read Article

Peterson, E., Schmidt, G., Tregellas, J.R., Winterrowd, E., Kopelioff, L., Hepburn, S., Reite, M., & Rojas, D.C. (2006). A voxel-based morphometry study of gray matter in parents of children with autism. NeuroReport, 17(12), 1289 – 1292. Read Article

Rojas, D.C., Peterson, E., Winterrowd, E. , Reite, M., Rogers, S.J., and Tregellas, J. (2006). Regional gray matter volumetric changes in autism associated with social and repetitive behaviors symptoms. BMC Psychiatry, 6 (56). Read Article

Kagan, J., Snidman, N., and Peterson, E. (2000). Temperature asymmetry and behavior. Developmental Psychobiology, 37, 186 – 193.

Kagan, J., Snidman, N., Zentner, M., and Peterson, E. (1999). Infant temperament and anxious symptoms in school age children. Development and Psychopathology, 11, 209 – 224.

Recent Presentations

Peterson, E. & Peake Pohja, M. Child maltreatment and facial emotion recognition in a college sample. Submitted for Association for Psychological Science, New York, 2015.

Peake Pohja, M. & Peterson, E. Child maltreatment and posttraumatic stress symptoms in a college sample. Submitted for Association for Psychological Science, New York, 2015.

Welsh, M.C., Peterson, E., Williams, D., Rohrbacher, C., LaFary, K., Blanchard, L., & Renshaw, S. “Turning up the heat:” In an incentivized testing context, individual differences in personality and temperament influence executive function performance. Submitted for Association for Psychological Science, New York, 2015.

Rohrbacher, C., Welsh, M.C., Peterson, E., Williams, D., LaFary, K., Blanchard, L., & Renshaw, S. Experimental evidence demonstrates that incentivizing the test context “heats” traditional cool executive functions tasks. Submitted for Association for Psychological Science, New York, 2015.

Baker, C.A., Welsh, M., Peterson, E., Kole, James. (2015). Musical Working Memory in Musicians and Non- musicians within Baddeley’s Multicomponent Working Memory Model. Accepted for the International Neuropsychological Society Conference, Denver.

Baker, C.A., Pulos, S., Peterson, E., & Kirkland, R. (2014). The Reading the Mind in the Eyes test displays low reliability. Accepted for Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Peake Pohja, M., & Peterson, E. (2014). Altered visual-spatial ability in a college sample with a history of childhood maltreatment. Accepted for Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Kirkland, R., Peterson, E., Welsh, M., & Mortenson, JG. (2014) Implicit Mental State Understanding in Older Adults. Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco.

Miller, S., Peterson, E., Gonzales, C., Pejic, V. (2013). Childhood maltreatment impairs performance in a cueing paradigm using emotion faces. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Peterson, E., Miller, S., Pejic, V . (2013). College students who experienced childhood maltreatment self- report higher levels of aggressive behavior. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Pejic, V., Miller, S., Peterson, E., Gonzales, C., Peake, M.(2013). College students who experienced Childhood maltreatment demonstrate increased perceptual sensitivity for facial expressions of emotion. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Baker, C., Kirkland, R., & Peterson, E. (2013). Meta-analytic evidence that the female advantage on RMET is enhanced in schizophrenia. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Manteris, E. M., Peterson, E., Athanasiou, M., & Koehler-Hak, K. M. (2012). Social Cognition and Comorbidity of Autism Spectrum and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders. Annual conference for the Colorado Society of School Psychologists, Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Miller, S., Peterson, E., Gonzales, C., Broeker, K., & Pohja Peake, M. (2012). Females Detect Emotion with Less Perceptual Information in an Emotion Morphing Paradigm. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Kirkland, R., Baker, C., Johnson, C., Peterson, E., & Pulos, S. (2012). Meta-analysis reveals a moderate relationship between tests of theory of mind and the Eyes Test. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Peterson, E., Broeker, K., & Bake, C. (2011). In a surprise/fear discrimination RT paradigm dissonant chords prime fear. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Miller, S.M., Peterson, E., Baker, C., Kirkland, R., Gonzales, C.R., & Klemme, H.L. (2011). An investigation of the task demands of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Gadgil, M., Peterson, E. Tregellas, J., Hepburn, S., & Rojas, D. (2011). Differences in global and local level information processing in autism: An fMRI investigation. IMFAR, San Diego, CA.

Baker, C., Kirkland, R., Miller, S., Pulos, S., & Peterson, E. (2011). A meta-analysis examining the relationship between IQ and the Eyes Test performance. Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Kirkland, R., Baker, C., Miller, S., Pulos, S., & Peterson, E. (2011). Meta-analysis reveals female superiority in the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test.” Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Baker, C.A., Kirkland, R.A., Pulos, S., & Peterson, E. (2011). The Eyes Test: Reliability and recommendations for instrument revision. Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Book Chapters

Peterson, E., & Peterson, R.L. (in press). Understanding deception from a developmental perspective. In M. Kirkwood (Ed.) Validity Testing in the Assessment of Children and Adolescents. New York: Guilford Press.

Peterson, E. & Welsh, M. (2014). The development of hot and cool executive functions: Are we getting warmer? In S. Goldstein and J.A. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook on Executive Functioning, (pp. 45 – 65). New York: Springer.

Book Reviews

Peterson, R.L., Peterson, E., & Kirkwood, M.W. (2011). An essential neuroanatomy reference: Thoroughly updated but not exactly revised (Book Review). The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25(3), 496 – 498.