Research Interests: Research Interests: My research interest lie at the intersection of behavioral and physiological aspects of attention, perception and working memory. I am interested in both theoretical and applied aspects of research in these fields. For instance, from a theoretical perspective, I am currently investigating the processes and representations underlying selective visual attention as they relate to the development of a semantic based theory of symbolic control of spatial attention. In addition, I am currently conducting a privately funded longitudinal study involving how individual differences in working memory capacity may be related to the development of early reading abilities in young children. From a more applied standpoint, I am presently collaborating in conjunction with Adolescent Socio-Emotional Development Lab in our university on a two year project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This study is testing a computerized working memory training regimen on middle school children aimed at improving performance in general intelligence as well as real life applications such as academic performance.