School of Psychology, College of Sciences
Whether we're driving a car, cooking dinner, performing a psychology experiment or even watching television, we're performing goal-directed behavior. We must keep track of our current goal (e.g., to cook dinner), so that we do not execute responses inappropriate for the present situation (e.g., sitting down to watch television). Yet, we must also flexibly adapt our goals to changing situations. For example, we must override our "cooking" goal with an "answering" one when we hear the doorbell ring. Eric Schumacher's research focuses on the mental processes required to carry out these and other types of goal-directed behavior.