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

Beaty, RE, Seli, P, and Schacter, DL. "Network neuroscience of creative cognition: mapping cognitive mechanisms and individual differences in the creative brain(Accepted)." Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 27 (June 1, 2019): 22-30. (Review) Full Text

Seli, P, Beaty, RE, Cheyne, JA, Smilek, D, Oakman, J, and Schacter, DL. "How pervasive is mind wandering, really?." Consciousness and Cognition 66 (November 6, 2018): 74-78. Full Text

Seli, P, Kane, MJ, Metzinger, T, Smallwood, J, Schacter, DL, Maillet, D, Schooler, JW, and Smilek, D. "The Family-Resemblances Framework for Mind-Wandering Remains Well Clad." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22.11 (November 2018): 959-961. (Letter) Full Text

Seli, P, Konishi, M, Risko, EF, and Smilek, D. "The role of task difficulty in theoretical accounts of mind wandering." Consciousness and Cognition 65 (October 2018): 255-262. Full Text

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 29.8 (August 2018): 1247-1256. Full Text

Laflamme, P, Seli, P, and Smilek, D. "Validating a visual version of the metronome response task." Behavior Research Methods 50.4 (August 2018): 1503-1514. Full Text

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, 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


Wammes, JD, Seli, P, and Smilek, D. "Mind-wandering in educational settings." The Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought: Mind-Wandering, Creativity, and Dreaming. April 5, 2018. 259-272. Full Text