Paul Seli

Paul Seli

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo (Canada) 2015

  • M.A., University of Waterloo (Canada) 2012


mind wandering, attention, multitasking, cognitive control, creativity

Seli, P, Kane, MJ, Smallwood, J, Schacter, DL, Maillet, D, Schooler, JW, and Smilek, D. "Mind-Wandering as a Natural Kind: A Family-Resemblances View." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22.6 (June 2018): 479-490. (Review) Full Text Open Access Copy

Seli, P, Carriere, JSA, Wammes, JD, Risko, EF, Schacter, DL, and Smilek, D. "On the Clock: Evidence for the Rapid and Strategic Modulation of Mind Wandering." Psychological Science (March 2018): 956797618761039-null. Full Text

Seli, P, Smilek, D, Ralph, BCW, and Schacter, DL. "The awakening of the attention: Evidence for a link between the monitoring of mind wandering and prospective goals." Journal of Experimental Psychology. General 147.3 (March 2018): 431-443. Full Text Open Access Copy

Laflamme, P, Seli, P, and Smilek, D. "Validating a visual version of the metronome response task." Behavior Research Methods (February 12, 2018). Full Text

Seli, P, Ralph, BCW, Risko, EF, W Schooler, J, Schacter, DL, and Smilek, D. "Intentionality and meta-awareness of mind wandering: Are they one and the same, or distinct dimensions?." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 24.6 (December 2017): 1808-1818. Full Text

Seli, P, Schacter, DL, Risko, EF, and Smilek, D. "Increasing participant motivation reduces rates of intentional and unintentional mind wandering." Psychological Research (September 16, 2017). Full Text

Seli, P, Maillet, D, Smilek, D, Oakman, JM, and Schacter, DL. "Cognitive aging and the distinction between intentional and unintentional mind wandering." Psychology and Aging 32.4 (June 2017): 315-324. Full Text

Seli, P, Ralph, BCW, Konishi, M, Smilek, D, and Schacter, DL. "What did you have in mind? Examining the content of intentional and unintentional types of mind wandering." Consciousness and Cognition 51 (May 2017): 149-156. Full Text