Former Staff Scientist
I am a Research Scientist in the CCP Lab working with Dr. Todd Braver. I received my PhD from the University of California, Davis in Winter 2011. At Davis I worked on behavioral and fMRI studies investigating topics such as cognitive dissonance, speed-accuracy tradeoff, and emotion-cognition interactions. For my dissertation I used an emotional Stroop paradigm to determine how emotional stimuli influence task performance and cognitive control, with a focus on individual differences in trait anxiety.
In the CCP lab I am investigating the behavioral and neural effects of reward and punishment incentive conditions during performance of demanding cognitive tasks, as well as how individual differences in reward and punishment sensitivity modulate interactions between motivation and cognitive control.
Caldwell, J.G., Krug, M.K., Carter, C.S., & Minzenberg, M.J. (in press). Cognitive control in the face of fear: Reduced cognitive-emotional flexibility in women with a history of child abuse. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
Krug, M.K., & Carter, C.S. (2012). Proactive and reactive control during emotional interference and its relationship to trait anxiety. Brain Research, 1481, p. 13-36. [pdf file]
Krug, M.K. & Carter, C.S. (2010). Adding fear to conflict: A general purpose cognitive control network is modulated by trait anxiety. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 10(3), p.357-371. [pdf file]
Van Veen, V., Krug, M. K., Schooler, J.W., & Carter, C.S. (2009). Neural activity predicts attitude change in cognitive dissonance. Nature Neuroscience, 12 (11), p.1469-1474. [pdf file]
Van Veen, V., Krug, M.K., & Carter, C.S. (2008). The neural and computational basis of controlled speed-accuracy tradeoff during task performance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20:11, p.1952-1965. [pdf file]