Isabel Arend PhD

Research Interests

Perception, action and attention: I have been interested on how attention operates in both temporal and spatial domains; specifically, on the role of cortical and subcortical attentional effects in feature binding, selection and visuomotor integration. My ongoing projects use both behavioural and imaging techniques in healthy and neurological populations. Recently, I became interested on how perception and action coding processes operate in the special case of synaesthesia.

Attention and the processing of social relevant cues: Part of my research concentrates on the role of attention in processing social relevant cues and emotional information. I am currently looking at the effects of spatial attention; specifically, the involuntary nature of attention on the perception of emotion from biological motion.

Number processing and representation of space: I am interested in the effects of spatial attention in number processing; specifically, in how complex representations of space affect the use of symbolic and magnitude information.


Recent Publications

  • Kramer, R., Arend, I., Ward, R. (in press). Perceived health from biological motion predicts voting behaviour. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Arend, I., Machado, L., McGrath, M., Ro, T., Ward, R., & Rafal, R. (2008). The role of the human pulvinar in visual attention and action: evidences from temporal order judgment, saccade decision and anti-saccade tasks. Progress in Brain Research, 171, 475-483.
  • Arend, I., Rafal, R., & Ward, R. (2008). Spatial and temporal deficits are regionally dissociable in patients with pulvinar lesions. Brain, 131, 2140-2152.
  • Lindell, A., Arend, I., Ward, R., Norton, J., & Wathan, J. (2007). Hemispheric asymmetries in feature binding during word recognition. Laterality, 12(6), 543-558.
  • Ward, R., & Arend, I. (2007). An object-based coordinate frame within the human pulvinar. Brain, 130, 2462-2469.
  • Ward, R., Calder, A., Parker, M., & Arend, I. (2007). Emotion recognition following pulvinar damage. Neurospsychologia, 45, 1973-1978.
  • Arend, I., Johnston, S., & Shapiro, K. (2006). Task-irrelevant visual motion and flicker attenuate the attentional blink. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 4(13), 600-607.
  • Arend, I. (2005). Dividiendo la atencion entre dos objetivos: una revisi?n sobre el efecto de piscar atencional. Aletheia, 1(22), 7-22.
  • Botella, J., Arend, I., & Suero, M. (2004). Illusory conjunctions in the time domain and the resulting time course of the attentional blink. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 7(1), 63-28.
  • Colom, R., Contreras, M. J., Arend, I., Garcia-Leal, O., & Santacreu, J. (2004). Sex differences in verbal reasoning are mediated by sex differences in spatial ability. Psychological Record, 54, 365- 372.
  • Arend, I., Botella, J., & Barrada, J. R. (2003). Emotional load and the formation of illusory conjunctions in the time domain. Psicothema, 15(3), 446-451.
  • Arend, I., Botella, J., Contreras, M. J., Hern?ndez, J. M., & Santacreu, J. (2003). A betting dice test to study the interactive style of risk-taking behaviour. The Psychological Record, 53(2), 217-230.

In Preparation

  • Arend, I., Bach, P., Reppa, I., Gallagher, D., Tipper, S., Taylor, J., & Ward, R. (in preparation). Scene-based affordances: A bias to approach objects.
  • Martin, E. W., Klein, C., Johnston, S., Arend, I., Roberts, M. V., & Shapiro, K. L. (in preparation). Task irrelevant activity facilitates attentional investment: An evaluation of the overinvestment hypothesis.
  • Ward, R., & Arend, I. (in preparation). Similarities in feature binding across different visual dimensions.
  • Van der Stigchel, S., Arend, I., & Rafal, R. (in press). Oculomotor integration in patients with pulvinar lesions.