Professor Bugg is interested in the use of cognitive control to achieve attention and memory-related goals. She is principal investigator of the Cognitive Control & Aging Lab.
Her research explores the mechanisms that are used to resolve interference in conflict tasks (e.g., Stroop) and the various levels at which these mechanisms operate (e.g., list-level vs. item-specific level). Current areas of focus include: a) factors that moderate selection of top-down vs. stimulus-driven control mechanisms, b) how the presence of environmental contingencies moderates use of top-down control, and c) the differential effects of normal aging on multiple levels of cognitive control. A second line of research examines cognitive training and exercise engagement as strategies older adults can use to maintain and improve cognitive control with age.