Speaker: Professor Nili Lavie (UCL)
Series: Department of Psychology External Speaker Seminar Series
"Driven to distraction?: Attention, perception and memory under Load"
Abstract: Why are we sometimes highly distracted by information we wish to ignore when at other times we regrettably fail to notice important information, experiencing "inattentional blindness"? These everyday experiences are reflected in the mixed pattern of empirical findings which emerged over decades of attention research. Load theory of attention and cognitive control (e.g. Lavie, 2005; 2010) set out to resolve this puzzle by highlighting the critical role of the level and type of processing load. High perceptual load can eliminate distractor processing, whereas low perceptual load is less prone to inattentional blindness. In contrast high load on cognitive control processes (such as working memory) increases distractor processing. I this talk I present work testing these claims, while also addressing the underlying neural mechanisms, the relationship of attention, awareness and memory, cross modal interactions and clinical and applied implications.
For more information about Professor Lavie please see her staff profile page.
This event is being hosted by Professor Jo Silvester.
This seminar is part of the Department of Psychology's External Speaker Seminar Series 2012-13.
The seminars are aimed at Psychology staff and students but are open to all.
All seminars take place in Room D427, unless stated otherwise.
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1.00pm - 2.00pmWednesday 30th January 2013