The Extreme Flexibility of Attentional Control

This seminar will be delivered by Dr Nancy Carlisle from Lehigh University.

We know that attention can be guided both by the salience of items in our environment, as well as by attentional control related to our current goals. But how flexible is this attentional control system? In this talk, I will review work from my lab using behaviour and event-related potentials to examine the flexibility of attentional control to different task demands.  Evidence suggests that there is extreme flexibility in our attentional control system. Given this extreme flexibility, it may be best to conceptualize attentional control like a dial that can be turned up to enhance certain features or turned down to ignore irrelevant features. 

This seminar will be held in Room 1.33-1.34 in the School of Psychology.