Recent publications

Publication (2016-2020)

Smith, A. C., Marty-Dugas, J., Ralph, B. C. W., & Smilek, D. (in press). Examining the relation between grit, flow, and attention in everyday life. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. Advance online publication.

Ralph, B. C. W., Smith, A. C., Seli, P., & Smilek, D. (2020). Evidence for a trade-off between media multitasking and mind wandering. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 74(1), 56–72.

Hicks, L., J., Smith, A. C., Ralph, B. C. W., & Smilek, D. (2020). Attention restoration following nature exposure in laboratory settings: Undeniable or unreliable? Journal of Environmental Psychology71, 101488.

Hicks, L. J., Smith, A. C., Ralph, B. C. W., & Smilek, D. (2020). It is undeniable that stimulus selection procedures limit conclusions from environmental exposure experiments: A response to Berto (2020). Journal of Environmental Psychology72, 101515.

Hicks., L. J., Caron, E. E., & Smilek, D. (2020). SARS-CoV-2 and students: The impact of a global pandemic on undergraduate learning experiences. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Submission number: STL-2020-0042R1.

Caron, E. E., Reynolds, G.M., Ralph, B. C. W., Carriere, J. S. A., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2020). Does Posture Influence the Stroop Effect? The Journal of Psychological Science. 0956797620953842

Hicks, L.J., Caron, E. E., & Smilek, D. (In press, 2020). SARS-CoV-2 and learning: The impact of a global pandemic on undergraduate learning experiences. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. 1-41. Submission ID: STL-2020-0042

Smith, A. C., Ralph, B. C. W., Marty-Dugas, J., & Smilek, D. (2019). …Loading …loading: The influence of download time on information search. PLOS ONE, 14(12) e0226112.

Publications (2014-2016)

Ralph, B. C. W., & Smilek, D. (in press). Individual differences in media multitasking and performance on the N-Back. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Doi: 10.3758/s13414-016-1260-y

Ralph, B. C. W., Wammes, J. D., Barr, N., & Smilek, D. (in press). Wandering minds and wavering goals: Examining the relation between mind wandering and grit in everyday life, the laboratory, and the classroom. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Thomson, D.R., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2016). A critical assessment of the evidence for sensitivity loss in modern vigilance tasks. Psychological Review, 123, 70-83.

Seli, P., Risko, E.F., Smilek, D., & Schacter, D.L. (2016). Mind-wandering with and without intention.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 605-617.

Cheyne, J. A., Bonin, T., Wright, C., Carriere, J. S., Danckert, J., & Smilek, D. (2016). “You’re on ten, where can you go from there?” Tufnel problems in repeated experiential judgments. Consciousness and cognition, 42, 311-324.

Seli, P., Risko, E.F., & Smilek, D. (2016). On the necessity of distinguishing between unintentional and intentional mind wandering.  Psychological Science, 27, 685-691.

Bonin, T. & Smilek, D. (2016). Inharmonic music elicits more negative affect and interferes more with a concurrent cognitive task than does harmonic music. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 78, 946-959.

Seli, P., Risko, E.F., & Smilek, D. (2016). Assessing the associations among trait and state levels of deliberate and spontaneous mind wandering. Consciousness and Cognition, 41, 50-56.

Wammes, J. D., Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., Boucher, P. O., & Smilek, D. (2016). Mind wandering during lectures II: Relation to academic performance. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2, 33-48.

Wammes, J. D., Boucher, P.O., Seli, P., Cheyne, J.A., & Smilek, D. (2016).  Mind wandering during lectures I: Changes in rates across an entire semester. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2, 13-32.

Phillips, N.E., Ralph, B.C.W., Carriere, J.S.A., & Smilek, D. (2016). Examining the influence of saliency of peer-induced distractions on direction of gaze and lecture recall.  Computer & Education, 99, 81-93.

Ralph, B.C.W., Onderwater, K., Thomson, D.R., & Smilek, D. (2016). Disrupting monotony while increasing demand: Benefits of rest and intervening tasks on vigilance.  Psychological Research, DOI: 10.1007/s00426-016-0752-7.

Seli, P., Risko, E.F., Purdon, C. & Smilek, D. (2016). Intrusive thoughts: Linking spontaneous mind wandering and OCD symptomology.  Psychological Research, DOI 10.1007/s00426-016-0756-3.

Seli, P., Wammes, J. D., Risko, E. F. R., & Smilek, D. (2015). On the relation between motivation and retention in educational contexts: The role of intentional and unintentional mind wandering. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. DOI 10.3758/s13423-015-0979-0

Seli, P., Cheyne, J. A., Xu, M., Purdon, C., & Smilek, D. (2015). Motivation and mind wandering: Implications for assessments of task-unrelated thought. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 41, 1417-1425.

Seli, P., Jonker, T. R., Cheyne, J. A., Cortes, K., & Smilek, D. (2015). Can research participants comment authoritatively on the validity of their self-reports of mind wandering and task engagement? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 41, 703-709.

Seli, P., Carriere, J.S.A., & Smilek, D. (2015). Not all mind wandering is created equal: Dissociating deliberate from spontaneous mind wandering.  Psychological Research, 79, 750-758.

Thomson, D.R., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2015). Reducing the vigilance decrement: The effects of perceptual variability.  Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 386-397. DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.010.

Seli, P., Smallwood, J. Cheyne, J.A., & Smilek, D. (2015).  On the relation of mind wandering and ADHD symptomology.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 22, 629-636.

Thomson, D.R., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2015).  A resource control account of sustained attention: Evidence from mind wandering and vigilance paradigms.  Perspectives on Psychological Science,10, 82-96. DOI: 10.1177/1745691614556681.

Ralph, B.C.W., Thomson, D.R., Seli, P., Carriere, J.S.A., & Smilek D. (2015).  Media multitasking and behavioral measures of sustained attention.  Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 77, 390-401. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-014-0771-7. 

Thomson, D.R., Ralph, B.C.W., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2015).  The more the mind wanders, the smaller the attentional blink: An individual difference study. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 181-191.

Nelson, A., Purdon, C., Quigley, L., Carriere, J.S.A., & Smilek D. (2015). Distinguishing the roles of trait and state anxiety on the nature of anxiety-related attentional biases to threat using a free viewing eye movement paradigm.  Cognition and Emotion, 29, 504-526.

Thomson, D., Seli, P., Besner, D., & Smilek, D. (2014).  On the link between mind wandering and task performance over time.  Consciousness and Cognition, 27, 14 – 26.

Chrisholm, J. D., Chapman C. S., Amm, M., Bischof, W. F., Smilek, D., & Kingstone, A. (2014).  A cognitive ethology study of first- and third-person perspectives.  PLOS ONE, 9, 3, e92696, 1-10.

Ralph, B.C.W., Seli, P., Cheng, V., Solman, G., & Smilek, D. (2014). Running the figure to the ground: Figure-ground segmentation during visual search.  Vision Research, 97, 65-73.

Solman, G.J.F., Hickey, K., & Smilek, D. (2014). Comparing target detection errors in visual search and manually-assisted search.  Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 76, 945-958.

Ralph, B.CW., Thomson, D.R., Cheyne, J.A., & Smilek, D. (2014).  Media multitasking and failures of attention in everyday life.  Psychological Research, 78, 661-669.

Seli, P., Carriere, J.S.A., Thomson D.R., Cheyne, J.A., Ehgoetz-Martens, K.A., & Smilek, D. (2014). Restless mind, restless body.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 660-668.

Thomson, D., Smilek, D., & Besner, D. (2014). On asymmetric effects of mind-wandering on levels of processing at encoding and retrieval.  Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 21, 728-733.