People are continuously confronted with a massive amount of information competing for their attention. However, cognitive resources are limited and only information should be processed that is most relevant for goal-directed behavior. This neccessitates efficient cognitive control mechanisms that allow to quickly and accurately discern between relevant and irrelevant information. We investigate the conditions under which people use control mechanisms to regulate their attention, as well as strategies they can use to increase the efficiency of these mechanisms.
If you want to investigate when and how people regulate their attention in your B.Sc. or M.Sc. thesis, please contact maik.bieleke [at] uni-konstanz.de (Dr. Maik Bieleke) for further information.
- Janczyk, M., Dambacher, M., Bieleke, M., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2015). The benefit of no choice: Goal-directed plans enhance perceptual processing. Psychological Research, 79, 206-220.