Attention & Learning Lab


Brosowsky, N. P. (2024). Proactive and reactive cognitive control in the absence of learning and memory confounds: Evidence from a cross-modal trial-unique Stroop task. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology / Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale. Advance online publication.

Brosowsky, N.P., Gross, M. E., Schooler, J. W., & Seli, P. (2024). Jumping About: The Role of Mind-Wandering and Attentional Flexibility in Facilitating Creative Problem Solving. In: Salvi C, Wiley J, Smith SM, eds. The Emergence of Insight. Cambridge University Press; 2024:163-180.

Landry, A. P., Fincher, K., Barr, N., Brosowsky, N. P., Protzko, J., Ariely, D., & Seli, P. (2024). Harnessing dehumanization theory, modern media, and an intervention tournament to reduce support for retributive war crimes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 111, 104567.

Mathews, N. K., Bin Faiz, U., & Brosowsky, N. P. (2024). How do you know if you were mind wandering? Dissociating explicit memories of off task thought from subjective feelings of inattention. Open Mind; 8 666–687. doi:


Brosowsky, N.P., Degutis, J., Esterman, M., Smilek, D., & Seli, P., (2023), Mind wandering, motivation, and task performance over time: Evidence that motivation insulates people from the negative effects of mind wandering. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 10(4), 475–486.

Smith, A.C., Brosowsky, N.P., Caron, E., Seli, P., & Smilek, D. (2023). Examining the relation between mind wandering and unhealthy eating behaviours. Personality and Individual Differences, 200, 111908.


Brosowsky, N.P., Barr, N., Mugon, J., Scholer, A., Seli, P., & Danckert, J. (2022). Creativity, boredom proneness and mental well-being in the pandemic. Behavioral Sciences, 12(3), 68;

Brosowsky, N.P., Smith, A.C., Smilek, D., & Seli, P. (2022), On the relation between mind wandering, PTSD symptomology, and self-control, Consciousness and Cognition, 99, 103288.

Smith, A. C., Brosowsky, N.P., Ralph, B. C., Smilek, D., & Seli, P. (2022). Re-examining the effect of motivation on intentional and unintentional task-unrelated thought: accounting for thought constraint produces novel results. Psychological research, 86, 87–97.

Smith, A.P., Brosowsky, N.P., Daniel, R., Meier, M.E., & Seli, P. (2022), fixation, flexibility, and creativity: The dynamics of mind wandering. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Advance online publication.


Brosowsky, N.P., & Egner, T. (2021). Appealing to the cognitive miser: Using demand avoidance to modulate cognitive flexibility in cued and voluntary task switching. Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance, 47(10), 1329-1347.

Brosowsky, N.P., & Crump, M. J. (2021). Contextual recruitment of selective attention can be updated via changes in task relevance. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale, 75(1), 19.

Brosowsky, N.P., Murray, S., Schooler, J. W., & Seli, P. (2021). Attention need not always apply: Mind wandering impedes explicit but not implicit sequence learning. Cognition, 209, 104530.

Brosowsky, N.P., Murray, S., Schooler, J. W., & Seli, P. (2021). Thought dynamics under task demands: Evaluating the influence of task difficulty on unconstrained thought. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 47(9), 1298.

Brosowsky, N.P., Van Tilburg, W., Scholer, A. A., Boylan, J., Seli, P., & Danckert, J. (2021). Boredom proneness, political orientation and adherence to social-distancing in the pandemic. Motivation and emotion, 1-10.

Edwards, E. R., Liu, Y., Ruiz, D., Brosowsky, N.P., & Wupperman, P. (2021). Maladaptive emotional schemas and emotional functioning: Evaluation of an integrated model across two independent samples. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 39(3), 428-455.

Murray, S., Liang, N., Brosowsky, N.P., & Seli, P. (2021). What are the benefits of mind wandering to creativity?. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts., Advance online publication.


Brosowsky, N.P., Parshina, O., Locicero, A., & Crump, M.J.C. (2020, June 1), Teaching undergraduate students to read empirical articles: An evaluation and revision of the QALMRI method.


Crump, M.J.C., Lai, W., & Brosowsky, N.P. (2019), Instance theory predicts information theory: Episodic uncertainty as a determinant of keystroke dynamics. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale, 73(4), 203.


Brosowsky, N.P. & Crump, M.J.C. (2018), Memory-guided selective attention: Single experiences with conflict have long-lasting effects on cognitive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General , 147(8), 1134-1153.


Brosowsky, N.P., & Parshina, O. (2017), Using the QALMRI Method to Scaffold Reading of Primary Sources . In A. Schwartz, C. Shane-Simpson, P.J. Brooks, & R. Obeid (Eds.) How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Student-Centered Teaching

Alards-Tomalin, D., Brosowsky, N.P. & Mondor, T.A. (2017), Auditory statistical learning: Predictive frequency information affects the deployment of contextually-mediated attentional resources. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29(8), 977-987.

Crump, M.J.C., Brosowsky, N.P., & Milliken, B. (2017), Reproducing the location-based context-specific proportion congruent effect for frequency unbiased items: A reply to Hutcheon & Spieler (2016). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(9), 1792-1807.


Brosowsky, N.P., & Crump, M.J.C. (2016), Context-specific attentional sampling: Intentional control as pre-requisite for contextual control. Consciousness and Cognition, 44, 146-160.

Brosowsky, N.P., & Mondor, T.A. (2016), Multistable perception of ambiguous melodies and the role of musical expertise. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140(2), 866-877.


Brosowsky, N.P., & Mondor, T.A. (2014). Attentional capture by sound disappearance. In P. Bello, M. Guarini, M. McShane, & B. Scassellati (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1946-1951). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.