Sidney Segalowitz (Brock)

EEG/ERP technology has become standard in cognitive information processing studies with four goals: (1) tracking cortical processing of stimuli in terms of timing and cortical location; (2) mapping this processing onto cognitive processes associated with specific EEG/ERP characteristics, shown through other research; (3) testing theoretically interesting hypotheses associated with the task requirements or the stimuli; and (4) testing hypotheses concerning how individual differences in research participants such as knowledge, skill and age affect all these factors. In this workshop, I will present an overview of how electrophysiological methods have been used to address these goals, focusing on strengths and limitations of the technology, including past myths and future hopes for the technology. Participants are encouraged to bring their research questions for us to discuss as examples.