Understanding the mechanisms of selective attention: insights from the Reach-to-Touch Paradigm

2013 Research Award Highly Commended

Ms Genevieve Quek, Faculty of Human Sciences

As we move through the world, we are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of visual, auditory, and tactile information. Yet we effortlessly filter this immense datastream by selectively attending to the information that is relevant for current goals.

A core initiative in cognitive psychology is to understand this remarkable human capacity: selective attention. Quek’s research aims to establish the temporal properties of selective attention. To do so, she has developed a new continuous behavioural measure with sufficiently high temporal resolution to reveal attentional processes as they unfold over time – a goal that traditional behavioural measures have been unable to achieve.

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