Prof Stefan Wiens


Top-down control in selective attention
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019

In everyday life, we need to selectively attend to task-relevant events while ignoring distracters. This top-down control is critical for selective attention, but its mechanisms are unclear. Working memory (WM) resources appear to be critical. In support, in individuals with l...

Limits of unconscious fear
01/01/2011 - 31/12/2013
Humans need to monitor the environment for potential threat (e.g., predators) and respond to this treat effectively. The proposed research manipulates visual consciousness (i.e., subjective and objective thresholds) with several methods (visual masking, continuous flash suppressi...

Emotions guide attention: Limits and mechanisms
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2010
Emotions can guide attention, but the limits and mechanisms are unresolved. A central issue is the extent to which emotions can influence pre-attentive detection; that is, whether unattended emotional stimuli can actually be identified or only be detected because of apparent low-...

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