College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

Attention, Perception & Performance


Principal Investigator:

Dr. Lisa Fournier

Contact Information:
Office: Johnson Tower 212
Phone: (509) 335-4415



Lab website


Selective attention is assumed to allow one to consciously perceive and act on certain information while ignoring other information. Working memory can allow us to translate, withhold, organize, and prioritize various motor actions. Because both selective attention and working memory have been shown to be a mental resource with a limited capacity, we can only process and respond to a limited amount of information at one time. Our laboratory is currently investigating how selective attention operates and how attention modulates visual perception and motor performance as well as how prioritization of actions and demands on working memory affect perception and our ability to quickly and accurately execute motor actions.

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