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About Russell Costa, Ph.D.
My primary research uses approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive science, and theoretical neuroscience to study the dynamic control of attention. In particular, I am interested in how we switch attention between and divide attention among multiple tasks and how we ignore irrelevant, distracting information. I am also interested in how we use informational cues to direct our attention toward task-relevant information in the world around us. Our lab's most recent research uses behavioral (response time [RT] and accuracy) and noninvasive brain-based measures (electroencephalography [EEG] and event-related potential [ERP]) to examine how we attend to and inhibit color, shape, and motion information and how we switch attention between visual, auditory, and olfactory tasks. I also enjoy teaching and writing about issues pertaining to science in society, particularly issues concerning the methodology, ethics, history, and philosophy of the social, behavioral, and brain sciences.
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