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We study the brain mechanisms of high-level cognitive functions, including attention, memory, and decision making. We investigate these topics using a combination of behavioural, computational, and brain imaging techniques.

Neural activity revealed during rapid switching between tasks
Neural activity revealed during rapid switching between tasks

Our research investigates the neural mechanisms of attention and cognitive control. The broad question addressed by this research is how coherent thought and action emerge from processing in the brain. While much is now known about specific aspects of brain function—how we perceive the world, attend to particular details, remember facts and events, make decisions, etc.—much less is known about how these different functions become organised so that, at any given time, we can focus our attention on a particular task (or tasks) based on our current goals and intentions. Our research investigates the mechanisms responsible for imposing this organisation on our thoughts and actions.

A key component of our research is the development of computational models of attention and control processes. We use these models to inform the design and interpretation of our empirical work that combines behavioural, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and scalp electrophysiological (EEG) methods.

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