Attention in time

We have a paper in the latest issue of Psychological Science, which we’ve called Reconsidering temporal attention in the attentional blink. Those with access can read the published version at the journal website, and anyone can download our preprint from the Open Science Framework (OSF). All of the data and materials are also available at the OSF site.

Earlier on, Alex also wrote a great blog post as an introduction to the paper.

Special thanks to Ed Vul for inspiring the analysis and providing his original data.

Goodbourn, P.T., Martini, P., Barnett-Cowan, M., Harris, I.M., Livesey, E.J., & Holcombe, A.O. (2016). Reconsidering temporal selection in the attentional blink. Psychological Science, 27(8), 1146–56. doi: 10.1177/0956797616654131


Our work featured by the Psychonomic Society

Our paper, Sleep after practice reduces the attentional blink, has been featured on the Psychonomic Society website. In the paper, published in the journal Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, we report that performance on a temporal attention task improves after a short daytime nap. The improvement seems to be linked to the amount of time spent in non-REM Stage 2 sleep, characterised by abrupt brain waves called sleep spindlesStephan Lewandowsky wrote this blog post about it.

The results of Cellini and colleagues add the novel finding that sleep—and in particular N2 spindles—also benefits attentional selection in time: Participants in their experiment who exhibited a greater number of spindles during their nap showed a greater improvement in T2 detection performance after their nap.

Need to invent a light bulb? Take a nap to boost your attentional skills.