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Overview of attention for article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, January 2012
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2 blogs
15 tweeters


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Readers on

987 Mendeley
3 CiteULike
Published in
Perspectives on Psychological Science, January 2012
DOI 10.1177/1745691611427305
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Bruno Laeng, Sylvain Sirois, Gustaf Gredebäck


The measurement of pupil diameter in psychology (in short, "pupillometry") has just celebrated 50 years. The method established itself after the appearance of three seminal studies (Hess & Polt, 1960, 1964; Kahneman & Beatty, 1966). Since then, the method has continued to play a significant role within the field, and pupillary responses have been successfully used to provide an estimate of the "intensity" of mental activity and of changes in mental states, particularly changes in the allocation of attention and the consolidation of perception. Remarkably, pupillary responses provide a continuous measure regardless of whether the participant is aware of such changes. More recently, research in neuroscience has revealed a tight correlation between the activity of the locus coeruleus (i.e., the "hub" of the noradrenergic system) and pupillary dilation. As we discuss in this short review, these neurophysiological findings provide new important insights to the meaning of pupillary responses for mental activity. Finally, given that pupillary responses can be easily measured in a noninvasive manner, occur from birth, and can occur in the absence of voluntary, conscious processes, they constitute a very promising tool for the study of preverbal (e.g., infants) or nonverbal participants (e.g., animals, neurological patients).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 16 2%
Germany 8 <1%
United Kingdom 8 <1%
Italy 4 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
France 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Portugal 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Other 25 3%
Unknown 914 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 274 28%
Researcher 142 14%
Student > Master 133 13%
Student > Bachelor 91 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 61 6%
Other 164 17%
Unknown 122 12%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 454 46%
Neuroscience 87 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 52 5%
Engineering 46 5%
Computer Science 44 4%
Other 140 14%
Unknown 164 17%

Attention Score in Context

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