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Dr Steven Most

BA Brandeis, PhD Harvard.

Steven Most

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : s.most@unsw.edu.au
Homepage : http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/contacts-people/academic-staff/dr-steven-most
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9458-9597

External Address

School of Psychology
The University of New South Wales

Recent External Appointments

  • Associate Editor, Emotion. (2013 continuing)
  • Communications Committee, Psychonomic Society. (2013 continuing)
  • Consulting/Advisory Editor, Frontiers in Perception Science. (2010 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Emotion Research Group
  • International Society for Research in Emotion
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Vision Sciences Society

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC Discovery Project [DP170101715] (2017 - 2020) "Capture and control: Overcoming distraction by reward-related stimuli." Le Pelley, M., Most, S., Theeuwes, J., & Wiers, R. ($393,000)
  • UNSW Major Research Equipment & Infrastructure Scheme (2014) “Appareo Vision 1000 flight data acquisition system and the Mobile Eye gaze tracking system." Regan, M., Caponecchia, C., & Most, S.B. ($97,163)
  • ARC Future Fellowship [FT120100707] (2012 - 2016) “How emotion shapes perception: Delineating structural, temporal, and representational properties of emotion-induced blindness." Most, S.B. ($702,850)

Media Engagement

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Most, S.B. (2014). The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. In J. P. Forgas & E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), Motivation and Its Regulation: The Control Within (pp. 153-168). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Most, S.B. (2013). Inattentional blindness. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind (pp. 403-406). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Periodicals

  • Kennedy, B.L., & Most, S.B. (2015). The rapid perceptual impact of emotional distractors. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0129320. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129320
  • Kennedy, B.L., & Most, S.B. (2015). Affective stimuli capture attention regardless of categorical distinctiveness: An emotion-induced blindness study [Special Issue]. Visual Cognition, 23, 105-117. doi:10.1080/13506285.2015.1024300
  • Pearson, D., Donkin, C., Tran, S.C., Most, S.B., & Le Pelley, M.E. (2015). Cognitive control and counterproductive oculomotor capture by reward-related stimuli [Special Issue]. Visual Cognition, 23, 41-66. doi:10.1080/13506285.2014.994252
  • Kennedy, B.L., Rawding, J., Most, S.B., & Hoffman, J.E. (2014). Emotion-induced blindness reflects competition for early and late processing stages: An ERP study. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1485-1498.
  • Kristjánsson, Á., Óladóttir, B., & Most, S.B. (2013). “Hot” facilitation of “cool” processing: Emotional distraction can enhance priming of visual search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 39, 298-306.
  • Most, S.B. (2013). Setting sights higher: Category-level attentional set modulates sustained inattentional blindness. Psychological Research, 77, 139-146.
  • Skoranski, A., Most, S.B., Simons, R.F., Hoffman, J.E., & Hassink, S. (2013). Response monitoring and cognitive control in childhood obesity. Biological Psychology, 92, 199-204.
  • Bredemeier, K., Berenbaum, H., Brockmole, J.R., Boot, W.R., Simons, D.J., & Most, S.B. (2012). A load on my mind: Evidence that depression is like multi-tasking. Acta Psychologica, 139, 137-145.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2012). Perceptual, not memorial, disruption underlies emotion induced blindness. Emotion, 12, 199-202.
  • Wang, L, Kennedy, B.L., & Most, S.B. (2012). When emotion blinds: A spatiotemporal competition account of emotion-induced blindness [Special Issue]. Frontiers in Psychology: Emotion and Cognition, 3, 438. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00438
  • Bredemeier, K., Berenbaum, H., Most, S.B., & Simons, D.J. (2011). Links between neuroticism, emotional distress, and disengaging attention: Evidence from a single-target RSVP task. Cognition & Emotion, 25, 1510-1519.
  • Most, S.B. & Wang, L. (2011). Dissociating spatial attention and awareness in emotion-induced blindness. Psychological Science, 22, 300-305.
  • Piech, R.M., McHugo, M., Smith, S.D., Dukic, M. S., Van Der Meer, J., Abou-Khalil, B., Most, S.B., & Zald, D.H. (2011). Attentional capture by emotional stimuli is preserved in patients with amygdala lesions. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3314-3319.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Beesley, T., Most, S., Pearson, D., Misra, D., & Le Pelley, M. (2017, April). The effect of reward on implicit learning of gaze-contingent events. Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Le Pelley, M., Pearson, D., & Most, S.B. (2017, April). Miss it and miss out: Counterproductive nonspatial attentional capture by task-irrelevant, value-related stimuli. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Newman, V.E., Liddell, B.J., & Most, S. (2017, April). Understanding executive functions under stress: The role of emotion regulation. Paper presented at the Selective Attention and Individual Differences in Motivation and Emotion Forum Meeting, 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Newman, V.E., Liddell, B.J., Begg, D.P., & Most, S.B. (2017, April). The impact of stress on executive function: Investigating the role of emotion regulation. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Zhao, J.L. & Most, S.B. (2017, April). Spontaneous recruitment of proactive control does not mitigate emotion-induced blindness. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Conference of Australasian Society of Experimental Psychology (EPC17), Shoal Bay.
  • Newman, V.E., Liddel, B., Beesley, T., Bryant, R., & Most, S. (2016, April). Using virtual reality to explore the relationship between stress and executive function. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Onie, S., & Most, S.B. (2016, April). Distinct mechanisms of attention bias: Dot probe and emotion-induced blindness uniquely predict negative affect. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Zhao, J.L., Wyble, B., & Most, S.B. (2016, April). Distracted from distraction? Additional distractors attenuate the effect of a critical distractor on target perception. Poster session presented at the 43rd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Melbourne.
  • Kennedy, B.L., Pearson, D., Sutton, D., Beesley, T., & Most, S.B (2015, April). Eye-tracking evidence of localized competition in emotion-induced blindness. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Experimental Psychological Society (EPC), Sydney.
  • Most, S.B. & Wang, L. (2015, April). Closer to the heart: Emotion-induced blindness reflects post-input attentional competition. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Experimental Psychological Society (EPC), Sydney.
  • Zhao, J.L., Kennedy, B.L., & Most, S.B. (2015, April). Does emotion-induced blindness spread according to the perceived structure of the environment? Poster session presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Australasian Experimental Psychological Society (EPC), Sydney.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2015, January). Proactive deprioritization of emotional distractors enhances target perception. Poster session presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2014, November). Anticipated aversiveness does not modulate distraction by neutral images: An emotion-induced blindness study. Poster session presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, USA.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2014, November). Emotionally-infused stimuli disrupt visual awareness regardless of task goals. Poster session presented at the 22nd Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Long Beach, USA.
  • Most, S.B., Kennedy, B.L., & Petras, E.A. (2014, November). A retrograde memory boost from five minutes of exercise. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2014, September). Why billboards can KILL you (while driving). Invited presentation given at the Centre for Road Safety, Transport for New South Wales, Wollongong.
  • Most, S.B. (2014, August). Why billboards can KILL you (while driving). Invited presentation given at the Transport of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Kennedy. B.L. & Most, S.B. (2014, April). Task-relevant or not, emotional distractors impair awareness for subsequent items. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Australasian Experimental Psychological Society (EPC), Brisbane.
  • Most, S.B. & Wang, L. (2013, November). Conceptual capture by distractors triggers localized target suppression. Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, August). Blinded by emotion: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, August). Blinded by emotion: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2013, May). The role of distractors’ categorical distinctiveness in emotioninduced blindness. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, May). The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the Research School of Psychology, Australian National University.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, May). The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the Research School of Psychology, Australian National University.
  • Most, S.B., Boettcher, S., & Hoffman, J.E. (2013, May). The role of feature salience in emotion-induced blindness. Poster session presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, March). The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the 16th Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology, The University of New South Wales.
  • Most, S.B. (2013, March). The regulation of vision: How motivation and emotion shape what we see. Invited colloquium at the 16th Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology, The University of New South Wales.
  • Most, S.B. (2012, December). Why porn can kill you (while driving): Emotional influences on perception. Invited presentation given at the Nerd Nite, Sydney.
  • Hoffman, J.E., Kennedy, B.L., Rawding, J., & Most, S.B. (2012, November). The neural locus of emotion-induced blindness. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2012, September). When emotion blinds: A perceptual competition account of emotion-induced blindness. Invited colloquium at the School of Psychology, The University of Sydney.
  • Most, S.B. (2012, September). How emotion shapes perception. Invited presentation given at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney.
  • Kennedy, B.L., Rawding, J., Most, S.B., & Hoffman, J.E. (2012, May). Electrophysiological evidence for early perceptual disruption by emotional distractors. Poster session presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Wang, L. & Most, S.B. (2012, May). Temporally dynamic changes in the emotion-induced spread of target suppression. Poster session presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2011, December). Emotional stimuli suppress perception of spatiotemporally competing representations. Poster session presented at the 2nd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Macquarie University.
  • Kennedy, B.L. & Most, S.B. (2011, November). Perceptual, not memorial, disruption underlies emotion-induced blindness. Poster session presented at the 19th Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Seattle, USA.
  • Kristjánsson, Á., Óladóttir, B., & Most, S. (2011, November). Speeded processing of primed features during emotional arousal. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, USA.
  • Most, S.B. & Kennedy, B.L. (2011, November). How emotional distractors impair perception: A mechanistic distinction between emotion-induced blindness and the attentional blink. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, USA.
  • Skoranski, M., Most, S.B., Simons, R.F., & Hassink, S. (2011, November). Are differences in cognitive control and error monitoring linked with difficulties with weight management? Paper presented at the 19th Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Seattle, USA.
  • Wang, L. & Most, S.B. (2011, November). Dissociating the impact of emotion from the impact of attentional capture on conscious perception. Paper presented at the 19th Annual Workshop on Object Perception, Attention, and Memory (OPAM), Seattle, USA.
  • Hong, C., Katona, A., Zimko, Z., Most, S.B., & Simons, R.F. (2011, September). Electrophysiological measures of inhibitory control in obesity. Poster session presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, USA.
  • Kristjánsson, Á., Óladóttir, B., & Most, S. (2011, September). The emotional robot: Reflexive attentional orienting under emotional arousal. Poster session presented at the 34th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Toulouse, France.
  • Most, S.B. & Wang, L. (2011, July). How emotion drives visual awareness: Emotion-induced blindness reflects competition in time and space. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Research in Emotion, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Kennedy, B. & Most, S.B. (2011, May). Emotion-induced blindness elicits no lag-1 sparing. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2011, May). How motivation, emotion, and arousal shape conscious experience. Invited colloquium at the School of Psychology, The University of New South Wales.
  • Most, S.B., Kuvaldina, M., Dobson, K., & Kennedy, B. (2011, May). Prior perceptual decisions drive subsequent perceptual experience: Negative priming increases inattentional blindness. Poster session presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Wang, L. & Most, S.B. (2011, May). Attentional capture vs. emotional capture: Potentially separate mechanisms of perceptual disruption. Paper presented at the 11th Annual Meeting of Vision Sciences Society (VSS), Naples, USA.
  • Leitner, J.B., Hehman, E., Wang, L., Most, S.B., & Jones, J.M (2011, March). Face-induced attentional blink predicted by target race and external motivation of perceiver. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2011, March). How motivation and emotion shape perception. Invited colloquium at the Science Colloquium Series, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, USA.
  • Skoranski, M. & Most, S.B. (2011, March). Behavioral and neural measures of cognitive control in obesity: A preliminary analysis. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of Eastern Psychological Association, Cambridge, USA.
  • Most, S.B. (2011, February). Understanding cognitive control mechanisms in childhood obesity. Invited colloquium at the Inauguration Symposium of the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, University of Delaware, USA.

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