Russell Costa, Ph.D.
B.A. Middlebury College
M.S. University of Utah
Ph.D. University of Utah
My primary research uses approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive science, and theoretical neuroscience to study the dynamic control of attention. In particular, I am interested in how we switch attention between and divide attention among multiple tasks and how we ignore irrelevant, distracting information. I am also interested in how we use informational cues to direct our attention toward task-relevant information in the world around us. Our lab's most recent research uses behavioral (response time [RT] and accuracy) and brain-based measures (electroencephalography [EEG] and event-related potentials [ERPs]) to examine how we attend to and inhibit visual color, shape, and motion information and how we switch and/or divide attention between visual, auditory, and [recently] olfactory tasks. I also enjoy teaching and writing about issues pertaining to science in society, particularly issues concerning the methodology, ethics, history, and philosophy of the social, behavioral, and brain sciences.
Originally from the Boston area, I first came to the Wasatch via Vermont during the winter of 2001-2002 to ski, and then soon returned for graduate school. Outside of the classroom and lab, I enjoy skiing and mountaineering in the mountains of Utah and beyond, experimenting with chile peppers in the garden and kitchen, rooting for Boston (and U of U) sports teams, and spending as much time as I can wandering in the desert.