The Context Lab has a special interest in visual attention, focusing on:

  • how to reliably measure it,

  • how it relates to individual difference factors (e.g., age, sleep quality, lifetime pollutant exposure)

  • how it relates to search performance of medical images

  • and translating insights from theoretical work in visual attention to applied contexts (e.g. medication errors).

More broadly, we are interested in context, as it relates to cognitive aging (i.e., the decline in cognitive abilities as a function of age). Some of the contexts we are exploring, include:
  • the influence of air pollutants (e.g., PM 2.5) on cognitive functions (e.g., processing speed, delayed-recall episodic memory).
  • how the amount of physical space a person travels each day (i.e., lifespace), is related to cognitive functioning in daily life. 
  • how a person’s driving behaviors (e.g., distracted or aggressive driving), is related to cognitive and affective functioning in daily life.