Research Interests and Publications
Dr. Mayr's research focuses on the question how the cognitive system "configures itself" to meet changing internal or external demands. For example, in recent work he addressed issues such as: What can the cognitive system do to intentionally establish a new configuration? And: How are no-longer relevant configurations "turned off?" In a developmental context, he examines the hypothesis that life-span changes in specific executive control processes are the source of more general changes in intellectual functioning. The long-term goal of this work is to identify the constellation (and developmental trajectory) of neurocognitive processes critical for intentional, coherent action.
Mayr, U., Kuhns, D., Rieter, M. (2013). Eye-movements reveal dynamics of task control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 14, 489-509.
Mayr, U. (2009). Sticky plans: Inhibition and binding during serial task control. Cognitive Psychology, 59, 123-153.
Harbaugh, B.T., *Mayr, U., & Burghart, D. (2007). Neural responses to taxation and voluntary giving reveal motives for charitable donations. Science, 316, 1622-1625.
Mayr, U., Awh, E., & Laurey, P. (2003). Does conflict adaptation require executive control? Nature Neuroscience, 6,450-452.
Mayr, U., & Keele, S. (2000). Changing internal constraints on action: The role of backward inhibition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 129, 4-26.