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I am a second year PhDstudent working with Tristan Bekinschtein and Dean Mobbs. I am interested in the (emotional) functioning of patients with disorders of consciousness, especially patients in the vegetative and minimally consciousness state. I use EEG, EMG and fMRI in my research.


I obtained my research master's degree in Neuropsychology at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. I completed my placement for this degree at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, working with Tristan Bekinschtein and Adrian Owen. The focus of my placement was on measuring learning and language abilities in patients with disorders of consciousness.

In the year after completing my degree, I stayed on for six more months at the CBU, after which I worked three months in Buenos Aires, Argentina; I worked together with Mariano Sigman at the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory of the University of Buenos Aires, and with Agustin Iba├▒ez at INECO, a cognitive neurological institute.

Publications and Posters

Peeters, M., Petroni, A., Lafon, B., Sigman, M., Bekinschtein, T.A. (2012). 'Learning' masked eye-blink conditioning: lowered detection threshold or unconscious conditioning? Poster at 16th Annual meeting of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness, Brighton, UK

Bekinschtein, T.A., Peeters, M., Shalom, D., & Sigman, M. (2011). Sea slugs, subliminal pictures and vegetative state patients: boundaries of consciousness in classical conditioning. Front. Psychology, 2, 1-7

Peeters, M., Owen, M.A., Bekinschtein, T.A. (2010). Semantic eye-blink conditioning; a paradigm to test abstract categorization and learning in disorders of consciousness. Poster at 14th Annual meeting of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness, Toronto, Canada.