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Selected Publications

Liesefeld, H., et al. (2024).  Terms of debate: Consensus definitions to guide the scientific discourse on visual distraction. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.  DOI:

Nartker, M., Firestone, C., Egeth, H., & Phillips, I. (2023). Six ways of failing to see (and why the differences matter). i-Perception, 14(5), 20416695231198762.

Gaspelin, N., Lamy, D., Egeth, H. E., et al. (2023).  The distractor positivity component and the inhibition of distracting stimuli. (2023).  DOI:

Stilwell, B. T., Adams, O. T., Egeth, H. E., & Gaspelin, N. (2023). The role of salience in the suppression of distracting stimuli.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 30, 2262-2271. DOI:

Gaspelin, N., Egeth, H. E., & Luck, S. J. (2023). A Critique of the Attentional Window Account of Capture Failures. Journal of Cognition, 6(1): 39, pp. 1–7. DOI:

Hamblin-Frohman, Z., Chang, S., Egeth, H., & Becker, S. (2022).  Eye movements reveal the contributions of early and late processes of enhancement and suppression of the guidance of attention.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 84, 1913-1924. 

Stilwell, B.T., Egeth, H., & Gaspelin, N.  (2022). Electrophysiological evidence for the suppression of highly salient distractors.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 34,787-805.

Chang, S., Niebur, E., & Egeth, H. (2021). Standing out in a small crowd: The role of display size in attracting attention. Visual Cognition.

Chang, S. & Egeth, H. E. (2020).  Can salient stimuli really be suppressed?  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics,

Chang, S., & Egeth, H. E. (2019).  Enhancement and suppression flexibly guide attention.  Psychological Science,

Chang, S., & Egeth, H. E. (2019).  Enhancement and suppression flexibly guide attention.  Psychological Science,

Jeck, D. M., Qin, M., Egeth, H., & Niebur, E. (2019).  Unique objects attract attention even when faint.  Vision Research, 160 (60-71).

Chang, S. Cunningham, C. A., & Egeth, H. E. (2019).  The power of negative thinking: Paradoxical but effective ignoring of salient-but-irrelevant stimuli with a spatial cue.  Visual Cognition, 27 (3-4), 199-213.

Egeth, H. (2018). Comment on Theeuwes’s characterization of visual selection. Journal of Cognition, 1(1), 26, DOI:

Cunningham, C.A. & Egeth, H.E. (2017). The capture of attention by entirely irrelevant pictures of calorie-dense foods. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, doi: 10.3758/s13423-017-1375-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Jeck, D. M., Qin, M. Egeth, H., & Niebur, E. (2017). Attentive pointing in natural scenes correlates with other measures of attention. Vision Research, 135, 54-64. pdf

Cunningham, C. A., & Egeth, H. E. (2016).  Taming the white bear: Initial costs and eventual benefits of distractor inhibition.  Psychological Science, 27, 476-485. pdf

Cunningham, C. A., Yassa, M. A. & Egeth, H. E. (2015).  Massive memory revisited: Limitations on storage capacity for object details in visual long-term memory.  Learning & Memory, 22, 563-566. pdf

Graves, T., & Egeth, H. E. (2015).  When does feature search fail to protect against attentional capture?  Visual Cognition, 23, 1098-1123. pdf

Moher, J., Lakshmanan, B., Egeth, H., & Ewen, J. (2014). Inhibition drives early feature-based attention. Psychological Science, 25, 315-324. pdf

Moher, J., Ashinoff, B. K., & Egeth, H. E. (2013). Detection is unaffected by the deployment of focal attention. Frontiers in Psychology. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00284.

Moher, J. & Egeth, H. E. (2012). The ignoring paradox: Cueing distractor features leads first to selection, then inhibition of to-be-ignored items. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. doi: 10.3758/s13414-012-0358-0.

Egeth, H. E. (2012). Some reflections on the processing of visual features. In J. Wolfe & L. Robertson (Eds.), From Perception to Consciousness: Searching with Anne Treisman. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lamy, D., Leber, A. B., & Egeth, H. E. (2012). Selective Attention. In A.F. Healy & R.W. Proctor (Eds.), Experimental Psychology. Volume 4 in I.B. Weiner (Editor-in-Chief), Handbook of Psychology, New York: Wiley.

Ewen, J.B., Moher, J.S., Xavier, P., Ryan, M., Lakshmanan, B. M. Crone, N. E., Denckla, M. B., Egeth, H., & Mahone, E. M. (2012). Multiple task interference is greater in children with ADHD. Developmental Neuropsychology, 37, 119-133.

Moher, J., Lakshmanan, B. M., Egeth, H. E., & Ewen, J. B. (2012). Perseveration in attention: Inhibitory feature-based attentional sets automatically carry over to novel task contexts. Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 46th Annual Conference. DOI: 10.1109/CISS.2012.6310951.

Moher, J., Abrams, J., Egeth, H. E., Yantis, S., & Stuphorn, V. (2011). Trial-by-trial adjustments of top-down set modulate oculomotor capture. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 897-903.

Moher, J. & Egeth, H.E. (2011). A mechanism for inhibition in visual search.Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), 45th Annual Conference. DOI: 10.1109/CISS.2011.5766189.

Egeth, H. E., Leonard, C. J., & Leber, A. B. (2010). Why salience is not enough: Reflections on top-down selection in vision. Acta Psychologica, 135, 130-132.

Palomares, M. & Egeth, H. (2010). How element visibility affects visual enumeration. Vision Research, 50, 2000-2007.
Palomares, M., Ogbonna, C., Landau, B., & Egeth, H. (2009). Normal susceptibility to visual illusions in abnormal development: Evidence from Williams Syndrome. Perception, 38, 186-199.

Egeth, H. E. (2009). Psychophysics of attention. In: L. R. Squire (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, volume 7, 1211-1216. Oxford: Academic Press.

Palomares, M., Landau, B., & Egeth, H. (2009). Orientation perception in Williams Syndrome: Discrimination and integration. Brain and Cognition, 70, 21-30.

Proulx, M. J. & Egeth, H. E. (2008). Biased competition and visual search: the role of luminance and size contrast. Psychological Research, 72, 106-113.

Palomares, M., Landau, B., & Egeth, H. (2008). Visuospatial interpolation in typically developing children and in people with Williams Syndrome. Vision Research, 2439-2450.

Leonard, C. J. & Egeth, H. E. (2008). Attentional guidance in singleton search: An examination of top-down, bottom-up, and intertrial factors. Visual Cognition,16, 1078-1091.

Egeth, H. E., Leonard, C. J., and Palomares, M. (2008). The role of attention in subitizing: Is the magical number 1? Visual Cognition, 16, 463-473.

Proulx, M.J. & Egeth, H.E. (2006). Target-nontarget similarity modulates stimulus-driven control in visual search. Psychological Bulletin & Review, 13 (3), 524-529.

Leber, A.B. & Egeth, H.E. (2006). It’s under control: Top-down search strategies can override attentional capture. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13 (1), 132-138.

Leber, A. B., & Egeth, H. E. (2006). Attention on autopilot: Past experience and attentional set. Visual Cognition, 14, 565-583.

Lamy, D., Carmel, T., Egeth, H. E., Leber, A. B. (2006). Effects of search mode and intertrial priming on singleton search. Perception & Psychophysics, 68 (6), 919-932.

Lamy, D., Bar-Anan, Y., Egeth, H. E. (2006). Effects of top-down guidance and singleton priming on visual search. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 13 (2), 287-293.

Serences, J., Shomstein, S., Leber, A. B., Golay, X., Egeth, H. E, & Yantis, S. (2005). Coordination of voluntary and stimulus-driven attentional control in human cortex. Psychological Science, 16 (2), 114-122.

Lamy, D., Leber, A., & Egeth, H. E. (2004). Effects of stimulus-driven salience within feature search mode. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30 (6), 1019-1031.

Connor, C.E., Egeth, H.E., & Yantis, S. (2004). Visual attention: Bottom-up versus top-down. Current Biology, 14 (19), R850-R852.

Lamy, D. & Egeth, H. (2002) Object-based selection : The role of attentional shifts. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 52-66.

Folk, C.L., Leber, A.B., & Egeth H.E. (2002). Made you blink! Contingent attentional capture produces a spatial blink. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 741-753.

Houts, P.S., Witmer, J.T., Egeth H.E., Loscalzo, M.J., & Zabora, J.T. (2001). Using pictographs to enhance recall of spoken medical instructions. Patient Education and Counseling, 43, 231-242.

Egeth, H.E., Folk, C.L., Leber, A.B., Nakama, T., & Hendel, S. (2001). Attentional capture in the temporal and spatial domains. In C.L. Folk & B.S. Gibson (Eds.) Advances in Psychology XXX – Attraction, distraction, and Action: Multiple Perspectives on Attentional Capture. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science B.V.

Egeth, H. (2000). Attention. In Encyclopedia of Psychology, American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.

Becker, L., & Egeth, H. (2000). Mixed reference frames for dynamic inhibition of return. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 26, 1147-1177.

Yantis, S., & Egeth, H. (1999). On the distinction between visual salience and stimulus-driven attentional capture. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 25 (3), 661-676.

Egeth, H. (1999). The cognitive impenetrability of visual perception: Old wine in a new bottle. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22 (3), 377.

Moore, C.M., & Egeth, H. (1998). How does feature-based attention affect visual processing? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Vol 24, No. 4, 1296-1310.

Ghirardelli, T.G., & Egeth, H. (1998). Goal-directed and stimulus-driven attention in cross-dimensional texture segregation. Perception & Psychophysics, 60 (5), 826-838.

Moore, C.M., & Egeth, H. (1997). Perception without attention: Evidence of grouping under condition of inattention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 23, 339-352.

Grandison, T.D., Ghirardelli, T.G., & Egeth, H. (1997). Beyond similarity: Masking of the target is sufficient to cause the attentional blink.Perception & Psychophysics, 59, 266-274.

Egeth, H.E., & Yantis, S. (1997). Visual attention: Control, representation, and time course. Annual Review of Psychology, 48, 269-297.

Bacon, W.F., & Egeth, H.E. (1997). Goal-directed guidance of attention: Evidence from conjunctive visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 23, 948-961.

Gibson, B.S. & Egeth, H.E. (1994). Inhibition of return to object-based and environment-based locations. Perception & Psychophysics, 55 (3), 323-339.

Bacon, W.F., & Egeth, H., (1994). Overriding stimulus-driven attentional capture. Perception & Psychophysics, 55, 485-496.

Egeth, H.E. (1993). Eyewitness testimony: An update. American Psychologist, vol. 58, 5,pp. 577-580.

Kwak, H.-W., & Egeth, H.E. (1992). Consequences of allocating attention to locations and to other attributes. Perception & Psychophysics, 51, 455-464.

Egeth, H.E., & Mordkoff, J.T. (1991). Redundancy gain revisited: Evidence for parallel processing of separable dimensions. J. Pomerantz and G. Lockhead (Eds), The perception of structure (pp. 131-143). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Kwak, H.-W., Dagenbach, D., & Egeth, H. (1991). Further evidence for a time-independent shift of the focus of attention. Perception & Psychophysics, 49, 473-480.

Egeth, H.E., & Dagenbach, D. (1991). Parallel versus serial processing in visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance,17,550-559.