Taylor Hayes

Humans possess an extraordinary ability to extract relational information even in completely novel task environments. What are the underlying neural mechanisms that make this relational extraction process possible? Research that sheds light on this question has the potential to provide a myriad of advances into how we understand the human cognitive system as well as the development of technologies that can harness the power that relational ability affords. My dissertation research combined a variety of methodologies including eye tracking, pupillometry, verbal protocol analysis, psychometrics, and machine learning to understand how individual differences in attentional control contribute to individual differences in our ability to extract relational information from novel visual environments.

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Taylor joined the lab in 2008 and graduated in 2014. In 2015, he became a post-doc in the lab of Prof. John Henderson at UC Davis. The following archive materials are available:

Hooding1 2014-12-21

Hooding1 2014-12-21

Hooding2 2014-12-21


  • Taylor got his post-doctoral job of choice in the lab of Prof. John Henderson at UC Davis.
  • Photos of Taylor’s hooding ceremony on 12/21/2014.
  • Taylor defended his PhD with flying colors on 11/19/2014. The title of his PhD Thesis (PDF) is Mechanisms of Visual Relational Reasoning.
  • Taylor won the Ohio State University Graduate School’s most prestigious award: the presidential fellowship for scholarly excellence.
  • Taylor was awarded the James Mosher Klein award for best dissertation proposal for his proposal entitled “Neural Mechanisms of Visual Relational Reasoning”.
  • Taylor received the Herbert Toops award for the most outstanding article published by a graduate student in the psychology department during the 2012 academic year.
  • Taylor was awarded the Center for Cognitive Science Travel Award to present his research at the 34th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.
  • Taylor won Graduate Student Research Excellence Awards (GSREA) in two consecutive years.