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

Stanley, Matthew L., et al. “Intellectual humility and perceptions of political opponents.Journal of Personality, vol. 88, no. 6, Dec. 2020, pp. 1196–216. Epmc, doi:10.1111/jopy.12566. Full Text Open Access Copy

Sinclair, Alyssa H., et al. “Closed-minded cognition: Right-wing authoritarianism is negatively related to belief updating following prediction error.Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 27, no. 6, Dec. 2020, pp. 1348–61. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13423-020-01767-y. Full Text

Struk, Andriy A., et al. “Rich environments, dull experiences: how environment can exacerbate the effect of constraint on the experience of boredom.Cognition & Emotion, vol. 34, no. 7, Nov. 2020, pp. 1517–23. Epmc, doi:10.1080/02699931.2020.1763919. Full Text

Stanley, M. L., et al. “Exposure to opposing reasons reduces negative impressions of ideological opponents.” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 91, Nov. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2020.104030. Full Text

Frith, Emily, et al. “Intelligence and creativity share a common cognitive and neural basis.Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, Oct. 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1037/xge0000958. Full Text

O’Neill, Kevin, et al. “Dissociating the freely-moving thought dimension of mind-wandering from the intentionality and task-unrelated thought dimensions.Psychological Research, Sept. 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00426-020-01419-9. Full Text

Ralph, Brandon C. W., et al. “Volitional media multitasking: awareness of performance costs and modulation of media multitasking as a function of task demand.Psychological Research, vol. 84, no. 2, Mar. 2020, pp. 404–23. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00426-018-1056-x. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ralph, Brandon C. W., et al. “Yearning for distraction: Evidence for a trade-off between media multitasking and mind wandering.Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology = Revue Canadienne De Psychologie Experimentale, vol. 74, no. 1, Mar. 2020, pp. 56–72. Epmc, doi:10.1037/cep0000186. Full Text

Seli, Paul, et al. “Mind-wandering across the age gap: Age-related differences in mind-wandering are partially attributable to age-related differences in motivation.The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Feb. 2020. Epmc, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbaa031. Full Text

Stanley, M. L., et al. “Analytic-thinking predicts hoax beliefs and helping behaviors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Thinking and Reasoning, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13546783.2020.1813806. Full Text


Wammes, J. D., et al. “Mind-wandering in educational settings.” The Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought: Mind-Wandering, Creativity, and Dreaming, 2018, pp. 259–72. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190464745.013.15. Full Text