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

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

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. “The relation between task-unrelated media multitasking and task-related motivation.Psychological Research, Sept. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00426-019-01246-7. Full Text

Seli, Paul, et al. “Increasing participant motivation reduces rates of intentional and unintentional mind wandering.Psychological Research, vol. 83, no. 5, July 2019, pp. 1057–69. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00426-017-0914-2. Full Text

Seli, P., et al. “Depression, anxiety, and stress and the distinction between intentional and unintentional mind wandering.” Psychology of Consciousness: Theory Research, and Practice, vol. 6, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 163–70. Scopus, doi:10.1037/cns0000182. Full Text

Beaty, Roger E., et al. “Thinking about the past and future in daily life: an experience sampling study of individual differences in mental time travel.Psychological Research, vol. 83, no. 4, June 2019, pp. 805–16. Epmc, doi:10.1007/s00426-018-1075-7. Full Text

Beaty, Roger E., et al. “Network Neuroscience of Creative Cognition: Mapping Cognitive Mechanisms and Individual Differences in the Creative Brain.Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 27, June 2019, pp. 22–30. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2018.08.013. Full Text

Seli, Paul, et al. “How pervasive is mind wandering, really?Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 66, Nov. 2018, pp. 74–78. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2018.10.002. Full Text

Seli, Paul, et al. “The Family-Resemblances Framework for Mind-Wandering Remains Well Clad.Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 22, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 959–61. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2018.07.007. Full Text

Seli, Paul, et al. “The role of task difficulty in theoretical accounts of mind wandering.Consciousness and Cognition, vol. 65, Oct. 2018, pp. 255–62. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.concog.2018.08.005. 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