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Exploring cognition

Distraction by unexpected sounds

Over the last few years I have devoted some effort to studying the distraction occurring upon the presentation of unpredicted auditory events, building up on past electrophysiological studies using oddball tasks. My focus has been on the cognitive characteristics of such type of distraction (deviance distraction), trying to formulate general theoretical principles able to account for the behavioral impact of novel events on sustained attention. This is currently my main line of research and one I am developing and expanding in several directions (aging, emotions, anxiety disorders, tactile stimulation, psycholinguistic influences).

For an overview of some of my work in that field, see:

Parmentier, F. B. R. (2014). The cognitive determinants of behavioral distraction by deviant auditory stimuli: A review. Psychological Research, 78(3), 321-338. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-013-0534-4

Binding in working memory

I'm also interested in the mechanisms allowing us to maintain information of different types together in short-term memory (binding). I have been especially interested in the binding of different visual features into objects, but also the binding of verbal and spatial features.

Serial memory

I have a special interest in the processing of sequential information in short-term memory. A good part of my work in that field has been dedicated to explore the fundamental functional characteristics of this type of memory across many different stimuli domains (auditory spatial, visuo-spatial, visual-verbal, auditory-verbal) and modeling response time functions under conditions of sequence grouping. While I have mostly centered on mechanisms of explicit memory, using variants of the serial recall task, I recently examined the implicit learning of sequential information using the Hebb repetition paradigm.