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About Russell Costa, Ph.D.
My primary research program utilizes 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 (electroencephalography [EEG] and event-related potential [ERP]) measures to examine how we attend to and inhibit color and motion information and how we switch attention between visual and auditory tasks. I also enjoy writing and teaching 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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