Welcome to my web page. I am a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. I am the director of the Attention, Memory, & Cognition Laboratory. I was trained as a cognitive psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist. Here's my short CV.
I investigate the cognitive and brain mechanisms of attention in typically developing individuals and in people with autism spectrum disorders.
Nearly all regions of the human brain are involved in the control or implementation of attention. Such extensive involvement reflects the critical role attention plays in survival: selective processing of relevant input is important for reducing information overload and preventing errors in performance. I use behavioral, fMRI, and eye tracking methods to investigate the cognitive and brain mechanisms of attention. My research program puts a unique emphasis on the interaction between attention and other mental functions, including perception, learning, memory, and cognitive development.