Texas A&M University, USA
Brian Anderson's research investigates the ways in which the control of attention is shaped by learning history, using both behavioral psychophysics and functional neuroimaging methodologies. His research has played a pivotal role in establishing a novel mechanism of attentional control by which reward learning causes a stimulus to become attention-grabbing, which he has termed "value-driven attention." The focus of his research has subsequently expanded to encompass the influence of aversive conditioning and outcome-independent selection history on the control of attention as well. The attentional processes Brian studies have implications for our understanding of addiction, and his work is currently supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).