Department of Psychology
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Karen Arnell
Professor, Ph.D.

Office: MC B333
Phone: 3225

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Cognitive Psychology – Attention
- attentional distraction
- emotion and attention
- individual differences in attention
- electrophysiology of attention

We cannot attend to everything at once. In my lab we investigate attention – it’s limits in dual-task situations, attentional capture and distraction, how attention and emotion interact, and individual differences in attention.


Individual Differences and Attention

  • Dale, G. & Arnell, K. M. (2010). Individual differences in dispositional focus/diffusion of attention predict attentional blink magnitude. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 602-606.

  • MacLean, M. H. & Arnell, K. M. (2010). Personality predicts temporal attention costs in the attentional blink paradigm. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 17, 556-562.

  • Arnell, K. M. & Stubitz, S. (2010). Attentional blink magnitude if predicted by the ability to keep irrelevant material out of working memory. Psychological Research, 5, 457-467.

  • Arnell, K. M., Stokes, K. A., MacLean, M. E., & Gicante, C. (2010). Executive control processes of working memory predict attentional blink magnitude over and above storage capacity. Psychological Research, 74, 1-11.

Emotion and Attention

  • MacLean, M. H., Arnell, K. M. & Busseri, M. (2010). Dispositional affect predicts temporal attention costs in the attentional blink paradigm. Cognition & Emotion, 24, 1431-1438.

  • Mathewson, K.M., Arnell, K.M., & Mansfield, C. (2008). Capturing and holding attention: The impact of emotional words in rapid serial visual presentation. Memory & Cognition,36, 182-200.

  • Aquino, J.M., & Arnell, K.M. (2007). Attention and the processing of emotional words: Dissociating effects of arousal. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 430-435.

  • Arnell, K.M., Killman, K.V., & Fijavz, D. (2007). Blinded by emotion: Target misses follow attention capture by arousing distractors in RSVP. Emotion, 7, 465-477.

Electrophysiology of Attention

  • MacLean, M. H. & Arnell, K. M. (2013).Individual difference in electrophysiological responses to performance feedback predict attentional blink magnitude. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 270-283.

  • MacLean, M. H., Arnell, K. M. & Cote. K. A. (2012). Resting EEG in alpha and beta bands predicts individual differences in attentional blink magnitude. Brain and Cognition, 78, 218-229.

  • MacLean, M. H. & Arnell, K. M. (2011). Greater attentional blink magnitude is associated with higher levels of anticipatory attention as measured by alpha event-related desynchronization (ERD). Brain Research, 1387, 99-107.

  • Ptito, A., Arnell, K. M., Jolicoeur. P., & MacLeod, J. (2008). Intramodal and crossmodal processing delays in the attentional blink paradigm revealed by event-related potentials. Psychophysiology, 45, 794-803.

Measurement Issues in Attention

  • Dale, G., Dux, P. E. & Arnell, K. M. (2013). Individual differences within and across attentional blink tasks revisited. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 75, 456-467.
  • Dale, G. & Arnell, K. M. (2013). How reliable is the attentional blink? Examining the relationships within and between attentional blink tasks over time. Psychological Research, 77, 99-105.
  • Dale, G. & Arnell, K. M. (2013). Investigating the Stability of and Relationships among Global/Local Processing Measures. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 75, 394-406.
  • MacLean, M. H. & Arnell, K. M. (2012). A Conceptual and Methodological Framework for Measuring and Modulating the Attentional Blink  Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 74, 1080-1097.



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