Biosciences Graduate Program

Eliot (Richard) E. Hazeltine, BS, PhD


Assistant Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: E11 SSH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-406

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BS, Psychology, Harvard University
PhD, Psychology, University of California-Berkeley

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

The main focus of my research has been on response selection, the set of cognitive processes that enable us to transform sensory information into goal-directed actions. I have approached this topic from a variety of perspectives, including motor learning, bimanual coordination, and dual-task interference using a range of cognitive neuroscience methodologies. Although this work represents a diverse set of findings, a central theme is that response selection processes act on flexible representations based on codes that incorporate action goals. These codes are abstract in the sense that they are determined by task demands rather than movement parameters. Therefore, interactions among possible responses, whether they are manifest in performance benefits derived from sequence learning or performance costs derived from response competition, are mediated by the individuals’ goals and their conceptualization of their actions.

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