On a moment-by-moment basis we are faced with an environment that is in a continual state of flux, changing over time and space. Attention provides a powerful coping mechanism that mediates the selective processing of information. Dr. Giesbrecht determines the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms of selective attention with the intention of answering 3 questions: 1) What are the functional consequences of attention? 2) What are the mechanisms that control attention? and 3) How is selective attention shaped by experience? Training & awards: Dr. Giesbrecht has degrees in psychology from the University of Waterloo and the University of Alberta, funded by scholarships from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Killam Trust, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. He trained at Duke where he was an NSERC and a McDonnell-Pew fellow.
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