I have a particular interest in attention capture; how events that are not currently controlling behaviour can usurp control even when that may be counterproductive, and the converse where seemingly conspicuous events appear to be completely ignored even when it may be costly to ignore them. Related are vigilance situations where people are required to monitor their environment for critical target events over prolonged periods. It is well established that probability of detection of critical events declines the longer one performs the task (vigilance decrement). We are currently exploring factors that enhance or ameliorate this decrement, and seek to apply insights from research on attention capture and executive control to the domain of sustained attention and vigilance decrement.
- Wilson KM., de Joux NR., Finkbeiner KM., Russell PN. and Helton WS. (2016) The effect of task-relevant and irrelevant anxiety-provoking stimuli on response inhibition. Consciousness and Cognition 42: 358-365. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2016.04.011.
- de Joux NR., Wilson K., Russell PN. and Helton WS. (2015) The configural properties of task stimuli do influence vigilance performance. Experimental Brain Research 233(9): 2619-2626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-015-4331-8.
- Finkbeiner KM., Wilson KM., Russell PN. and Helton WS. (2015) The effects of warning cues and attention-capturing stimuli on the sustained attention to response task. Experimental Brain Research 233(4): 1061-1068. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00221-014-4179-3.
- Helton WS. and Russell PN. (2015) Rest is best: The role of rest and task interruptions on vigilance. Cognition 134: 165-173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2014.10.001.
- Wilson KM., Russell PN. and Helton WS. (2015) Spider stimuli improve response inhibition. Consciousness and Cognition 33: 406-413. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.014.