I am interested in understanding how our prior knowledge influences attentional allocation when that information is not directly relevant to the current task. How would looking at a stop sign influence the attention of someone walking into a cafe? To investigate, I utilize both behavioral and neuroimaging methods (functional MRI).
Recently, I have developed an interest in understanding how semantic associations are acquired through experience and in modeling how the attentional system dynamically prioritizes information.
cnah [at] ucdavis [dot] edu