Teresa K. Pegors, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Phone: (626) 815-2750
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Teresa Pegors, Ph.D., is a cognitive neuroscientist who joined the department in 2015. She has research experience in infant language development and embodied artificial intelligence, but her main area of research is the neuroscience and psychology of beauty. Her previous neuroscientific research included better understanding the reward and judgment systems of the brain, which are recruited during the processing of face and place beauty. Her current research is focused on the perception of face attractiveness and how beauty perception subtly changes based on her experience. She also is exploring the restorative effects of natural, beautiful landscapes on cognitive and attentional processes. In a separate line of research, she is pursuing collaborative theoretical and empirical research on transgender.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
  • MTS, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Cognitive Science, Indiana University

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Psychology

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 470 – Introduction to Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 110 – General Psychology