Classic Papers that We Love

Walter, W.G. (1938). Critical review: The technique and application of electro-encephalography. Journal of Neurology & Psychiatry, 1, 359-385.

    Amazing paper reporting the incredible amount of EEG work peformed in the first decade of the method. Extremely interesting comment at the beginning about the nature of research when a method is new.

Pashler, H. (1994). Dual-task interference in simple tasks: Data and theory. Psychological Bulletin, 116, 220-244.

     Hal made a seemingly very complicated pattern of results so simple. It still seems to account for so much data!

Treisman, A.M. & Gelade, G. (1980). A feature-integration theory of attention. Cognitive Psychology, 12, 97-137.

     It changed the world, and has probably become the modal model that people think of when they think of what attention does in a scene.

Nunez, P. L., & Srinivasan, R. (2006). Electric fields of the brain: The neurophysics of EEG (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Inc.

     Okay, so it's a book. But this is a biblical  EEG book.

Pillsbury, W.B. (1908). Attention. New York: Macmillan.

     Okay, so it's another book. This is a great book though. Really fun to have him talk about many of the issues that we still study.

Oppenheimer, D. M. (2006). Consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity: Problems with using long words needlessly. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 20, 139-156.

     One of the most practically important cognitive papers that we have read. Write simply and be understood. Write simply and be perceived as intelligent.

More to come.