2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee
Paul Krueger is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology. He received his B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, which sparked his interest in contemplative studies.
Over the past decade, he has dedicated his work to gaining a deeper understanding of cognition. After college, he participated in an intensive meditation practice study in collaboration with UC Davis. He then spent two years as a research specialist at Princeton University, where he studied decision-making in humans using neuroimaging and computational modeling. Soon afterwards, he received rigorous contemplative training through the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies for four years.
Some of his current projects include computational modeling of human decision-making and analyzing neuroimaging data. Krueger says that the Hellman fellowship not only shows support for his work, which now focuses on cognitive neuroscience, but it also “opens up options in how I chart my research path.”