We use behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study what allows people to act and think flexibly in complex situations.
A major goal of our research is to understand how control of thought and action arises from the interplay between learning, memory, and attention.
Most of the interesting things humans do (e.g., music, language, dancing, coding, etc.) unfold in terms of complex sequences. In our work, we try to characterize the processes that underlie sequentially organized behavior.
We test the hypothesis that with aging comes a more general shift in control mode, towards frequent updating of working memory and outsourcing control to the environment (rather than relying on internal representations).
Social Decision Making
Many high-stakes, real-world decisions require that we consider other people’s thoughts and actions. We use behavioral and neuroscience methods to examine how we make such decisions and how they change across the adult life span.