My research focus is on the normal and abnormal processing of information in the human mind and brain, and how it is influenced by the specific goals and requirements of a given situation. My different research projects cover a broad range of phenomenon, from dual-task interference in vision to implicit processing of melodic violation, with an emphasis on short-term memory and attention.
We are pursuing this topic with a variety of techniques peculiar to cognitive neurosciences. For example, with brain imaging, we are able to subdivide behaviour in a cascade of brain activation patterns. This allows us to monitor specific processing steps and to identify discrepancies across experimental conditions leading to the same observable behaviour. Also, with the tools of neuroscience, we are able to identify differences in brain morphology, which can in turn be linked to behavioral differences.
In order to predict and modulate our behaviour, we need to understand the various factors leading to the success or failure in the execution of a task. Research in cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience, encompassing mine, have focused on several determinants like the task and stimuli parameters, the variance across subject and the current state and goal of the subject. My aim in research is to study these different factors, but in an integrative perspective.