Russell Costa
Russell Costa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Neuroscience
Neuroscience
B.A. Middlebury College
M.S. University of Utah
Ph.D. University of Utah

Areas of Experience

  • attention, inhibition, and cognitive control
  • task switching and multitasking
  • history and philosophy of science, esp. postpositivism and cognitive science
  • interdisciplinary approaches to studying consciousness, perception, and phenomenology
  • methodological, ethical, and pedagogical issues in science
  • About Russell Costa, Ph.D.

    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 noninvasive brain-based measures (electroencephalography [EEG] and event-related potential [ERP]) to examine how we attend to and inhibit color, shape, and motion information and how we switch attention between visual, auditory, and 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.


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