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Research Interests

People must attend to, perceive, and store into memory an enormous amount of visual input on a daily basis. However, the way in which these seemingly simple tasks are accomplished remains somewhat of a mystery. Part of this mystery arises because attention, perception, memory and language are so highly interconnected they are often hard to disentangle. Our research focuses on the interplay between these cognitive functions. Currently we are researching: object substitution masking, object trimming, attentional capture, the attentional blink phenomenon, repetition blindness, both semantic and repetition priming, negative priming, Stroop interference, and other visual paradigms which help to disentangle the roles these processes play. We believe that by using paradigms of this sort researchers will gain a better understanding of how these important cognitive functions work together to help us make sense of our complicated visual environment.