Research Interest(s): Planning and control of skilled action sequences
We are able to accomplish many routine behaviors (e.g., making a cup of coffee, tying our shoes, typing emails) without paying much attention to our actions or the objects we act on. The ease with which such tasks are accomplished belies their complexity: Executing specific actions in a particular order, often rapidly. The ability to execute actions in the correct serial order is a remarkable feat of cognitive control. To type a word, the cognitive system must identify the appropriate letters, assign each keystroke to the appropriate finger, specify a location on the keyboard to direct each keystroke, and dictate the order in which each keystroke will be executed. My research investigates how the cognitive system controls highly automated tasks, like skilled typing.