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.


Mixture modelling to measure temporal attention

Alex wrote a neat blog post to explain a method we’ve been using to model attention. We’re still working on applying it in a whole range of scenarios, but so far we’ve used it in papers about sleep and the attentional blink, and simultaneous attentional selection.

Read Alex’s post here.