Ph.D. Candidate

Paul SeliVanier Canada Graduate Scholar 

Cognitive Neuroscience

Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Smilek

Contact information

BSc (Trent), MA (Waterloo)

Research interests

My research focuses on cognition-related phenomena with a particular focus on mind wandering and attention lapses.


  • Seli, P., Smallwood, J., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (in press). On the relation of mind wandering and ADHD symptomatology. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
  • Seli, P., Carriere, J. S. A., & Smilek, D. (in press). Not all mind wandering is created equal: Dissociating deliberate from spontaneous mind wandering. Psychological Research. doi: 10.1007/s00426-014-0617-x
  • Ralph, B. C., Thomson, D. R., Seli, P., Carriere, J. S. A., & Smilek, D. (in press). Media multitasking and behavioural measures of sustained attention.” Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0771-7
  • Thomson, D. R., Seli, P., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2014). On the link between mind wandering and task performance over time. Consciousness & cognition, 27, 14-26.
  • Ralph, B. C., Seli, P., Cheng, V. O., Solman, G. J., & Smilek, D. (2014). Running the figure to the ground: Figure-ground segmentation during visual search. Vision research, 97, 65-73.
  • Seli P., Carriere, J. S. A., Thomson, D. R., Cheyne, J. A. Ehgoetz Martens, K., & Smilek, D. (2014). Restless mind, restless body. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition. doi: 10.1037/a0035260
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013).  Performance reactivity in a continuous-performance task: Implications for understanding post-error behavior. Consciousness & Cognition, 22, 1468-1476.
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., & MacLeod, C. M. (2013). Putting retrieval-induced forgetting in context: An inhibition-free, context-based account. Psychological Review, 120, 852-872.
  • Seli P., Carriere, J. S. A., Levene, M., & Smilek, D. (2013). How few and far between? Examining the effects of probe rate on self-reported mind wandering. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00430
  • Seli P., Jonker T. R., Cheyne J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013). Enhancing SART validity by statistically controlling speed-accuracy trade-offs. Frontiers in Psychology. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00265
  • Carriere, J. S. A., Seli, P., & Smilek, D. (2013). Wandering in both mind and body: Individual differences in mind wandering and inattention predict fidgeting. Invited manuscript: Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67, 19-31.
  • Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2013). Wandering minds and wavering rhythms: Linking mind wandering and behavioral variability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 39, 1-5.
  • Seli, P., Jonker, T. R., Solman, G. J. F., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2012). A methodological note on evaluating performance in a sustained attention to response task. Behavior Research Methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-012-0266-1
  • Jonker, T. R., Seli, P., & MacLeod, C. M. (2012). Less we forget: Retrieval cues and release from retrieval-induced forgetting. Memory & Cognition, 40, 1236-1245.
  • Pennycook, G., Cheyne, J. A., Seli, P., Koehler, D. J., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2012). Analytic cognitive style predicts religious and paranormal belief. Cognition, 123, 335-346.
  • Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2012). Attention failures versus misplaced diligence: Separating attention lapses from speed-accuracy trade-offs. Consciousness & Cognition, 21, 277-291.
  • Seli, P., Barton, K. R., Cheyne, J. A., & Smilek, D. (2012). Consistency of sustained attention across modalities: Comparing visual and auditory versions of the SART. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66, 44-50.
University of Waterloo

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