Dr Doug Barrett

Lecturer in Psychology

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I am interested in theoretical and applied issues in human perception and cognition. I use a variety of techniques to investigate the way the brain integrates and selects sensory information in different tasks and situations. My current projects include a comparison of serial and parallel models of the dual-target cost in visual search and a study investigating interactions between auditory working memory capacity and selective attention in tinnitus. Other projects investigate:

  • Auditory recognition memory and selective attention in schizophrenia
  • Interactions between selective attention and visual working memory in search
  • Cue combination in visual working memory
  • Multi-sensory interactions during visual search in real and virtual environments

I am a member of the Department's Sensory Processing group and the School of Psychology's Vision and Language group.


Peer-reviewed articles

Barrett, D.J.K., & Zobay, O. (2019). Concurrent evaluation of independently cue targets during perceptual decisions and saccadic targeting in visual search. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, (online), doi 10.3758/s13414-019-01854-w

Pilling, M., & Barrett, D.J.K. (2018). Change perception and change interference within and across feature dimensions. Acta Psychologica, 188, 84-96. doi 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.05.008

Barrett, D.J.K., & Pilling, M. (2017). Evaluating the precision of auditory sensory memory as an index of intrusion in tinnitus. Ear and Hearing, 38(2), 262-265. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000367

Barrett, D.J.K., Shimozaki, S.S., Jensen, S., & Zobay, O. (2016). Visuospatial working memory mediates inhibitory and facilitatory guidance in preview Search. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42(10), 1533-1546. doi: 10.1037/xhp0000239

Pilling, M., & Barrett, D.J.K. (2016). Dimension-based attention in visual short-term memory. Memory & Cognition, 44(5), 740-749. doi: 10.3758/s13421-016-0599-6

Hutchinson, C.V., Barrett, D.J.K., Nitka, A., Raynes, K. (2015). Action video game training reduces the Simon Effect. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(2), 587-592. doi: 10.3758/s13423-015-0912-6

Barrett, DJK., Zobay, O. (2014). Attentional Control via Parallel Target-Templates in Dual-Target Search. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86848. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086848

Elam, KKHarold, GT.Neiderhiser, JM.Reiss, D.Shaw, D., SNatsuaki, MN.Gaysina, D.Barrett, DJK and Leve, LD. (2014). Adoptive parent hostility and children's peer behavior problems: examining the role of genetically informed child attributes on adoptive parent behavior. Developmental Psychology, I50(5), 1543-1552. doi: 10.137/a0035470

Harold, GT., Leve, LD., Barrett, D., Elam, K., Neiderhiser, JM., Natsuaki, MN., Shaw, DS., Reiss, D., & Thapar, A. (2013). Biological and rearing mother influences on child ADHD symptoms: revisiting the developmental interface between nature and nurture. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(10), 1038-1045.

Barrett, DJK., Krumbholz, K. (2012). Evidence for multisensory integration in the elicitation of prior entry by bimodal cues. Experimental Brain Research, 222, 11-20.

Barrett, DJK., Edmondson-Jones, AM., & Hall, DA. (2010) Attention in neglect and extinction: Assessing the degree of correspondence between visual and auditory impairments using matched tasks. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32(1), 71-80.

Spenwyn, J., Barrett, DJK., & Griffiths, MD. (2010). The role of lights and music in gambling behavior: An empirical pilot study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8, 107-118.

Palmer, AR., Hall, DA., Sumner, C. Barrett, DJK., Jones, S., Nakamoto, K., & Moore, DR. (2007) Investigations into non-passive listening. Hearing Research 299(1-2): 148-157.

Meneer, T., Barrett, DJK., Phillips, L., Donnelly, N & Cave, KR. (2007) Costs in searching for two targets: dividing search across target types could improve airport security screening Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21(7): 915-932.

Barrett, DJK., & Hall, DA. (2006). Response preferences for ‘what’ and ‘where’ in human non-primary auditory cortex. NeuroImage, 32: 968-977.

Hall, DA., Barrett, DJK., Akeroyd, MA., & Summerfield, AQ. (2005). Cortical representations of temporal structure in sound. Journal of Neurophysiology, 94: 3181-3191.

Meneer, T., Barrett, DJK., Phillips, L., Cave, KR., & Donnelly, N. (2004) Search Efficiency for Multiple Targets.  International Journal of Cognitive Technology, 9(2): 22-25.

Barrett, DJK., Bradshaw, MF., & Rose. D. (2003).  Endogenous shifts of attention operate within multiple coordinate frames: evidence from a feature- priming task.  Perception, 32: 41-52.

Barrett, D. J. K., Bradshaw, MF., Rose. D., Simpson, P. J. (2001).  Reflexive shifts of attention operate in an egocentric coordinate frame.  Perception, 30: 1083-1091.

Kuntsi. J., Barrett, D., Canning, E., Karia, N., & Stevenson, J. (2000).  The connors rating scale (CTRS-28) applied to a U.K. sample.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 3: 229-237.

Conference proceedings

Barrett, D.J.K.,& Pilling, M. Temporal and spatial characteristics of dynamic visual search in periodically masked displays. European Society of Cognitive Psychology Annual Meeting, Postdam (2017).

Barrett, D.J.K., & Zobay, O. Stochastic noise decreases the accuracy of distractor rejection in dual-target search. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL (2016).

Barrett, DJK., Souto, D., & Menneer, T. Attending redundant information increases the precision of visual working memory for complex objects. 38th European Conference on Visual Perception, Liverpool (2015).

Barrett, DJK., & Shimozaki, S. Visuospatial working memory mediates the preview effect in the absence of attentional capture. 36th European Conference on Visual Perception, Bremen (2013).

Barrett, DJK., & Fuggetta, G. Costs in dual-target search: the winner takes all? Experimental Psychology Society, Bristol (2012).

Barrett, DJK. Spatial and non-spatial contributions to visual short term memory. European Society for Cognitive Psychology, San Sebastian (2011).

Reeder, R., & Barrett, DJK. Visual field asymmetry in the attentional blink for inefficient but not efficient visual search. Experimental Psychology Society, Nottingham (2011).

Barrett, DJK., & Krumbholz, K. The contribution of unimodal cues to multisensory integration: evidence of non-additive spatial bias in temporal order judgements. Experimental Psychology Society and Sociedad Espanola de Psicologia Experimental, Granada (2010).

Barrett, DJK, & Young, HR. Semantic Priming Does Not Turn Back The Clock: Evidence Against Prior Entry for Semantically Primed Words and Pictures. British Psychological Society: Cognitive Section, Southampton (2008).

Barrett, DJK, Edmondson-Jones, M & Hall, D. Attention in hemi-neglect: assessing the degree of correspondence between visual and auditory impairment. Experimental Psychology Society, Edinburgh (2007).

Barrett, DJK, Archer, J., Edmondson-Jones, M & Hall, D. Selective Attention to auditory spatial and non-spatial attributes. British Society of Audiology, Cambridge (2006).

Barrett, DJK & Hall, D. An fMRI investigation of the cortical origins of the dual pathway model in humans. fMRI Experience, Birmingham (2005).

Barrett, DJK., Hall, DA., Akeroyd, M & Summerfield AQ. The role of Heschl’s Gyrus (HG) in the analysis of pitch and spatial compactness. Cognitive Neuroscience, New York (2005).

Meneer, T., Barrett, DJK., Phillips, L., Cave, KR., & Donnelly, N.  Limits on the Top-Down Guidance of Visual Search for Multiple Targets.  Psychonomics, Toronto (2005).

Hall, DA., & Barrett, DJK.  The role of HG in the analysis of temporal iteration and interaural correlation.  Organisation of Human Brain Mapping, Budapest (2004).

Meneer, T., Barrett, DJK., Phillips, L., Cave, KR., & Donnelly, N.  The effect of Training on Search for Complex Stimuli.  Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota (2004).

Barrett, DJK., & D, Rose.  Scene-based and object-centred facilitation: evidence for attention at multiple levels of spatial description. European Conference on Visual Perception, Paris (2003).

Barrett, DJK., & D, Rose.  Spatio-temporal constraints on object-based priming.  Experimental Psychology Society Workshop on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Attention, Gregynog (2003).

Barrett, DJK., & Rose, D.  The spatio-temporal constraints of object-based priming. Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota (2003).

Meneer, T., Barrett, DJK., Phillips, L., Cave, K. R., & Donnelly, N.  The breakdown of efficient search when either of two colour targets can appear.  Vision Sciences Society, Sarasota (2003).

Barrett, DJK., Meneer, T., Phillips, L., Cave, KR., & Donnelly, N.  The breakdown of efficient search for multiple, same dimension targets.  Experimental Psychology Society Easter Meeting, Exeter (2003).

Barrett, DJK., Bradshaw, MF., Rose. D., Simpson, P J.  Reflexive shifts of attention operate in an egocentric coordinate frame.  Foursites Fifth Vision Research Symposium, Brunel University (2001).

Barrett, DJK., Bradshaw, MF., Everatt, J., Rose. D., & Hibbard, PB.  Spatial selective attention operates in environment centred and retinotopic coordinate frameworks.  European Conference on Visual Perception, Groningen (2000).

Barrett, DJK., Bradshaw, MF., Everatt, J., Rose. D., & Hibbard, PB.  Photopic and scotopic performance of dyslexics and normals on stereo and motion tasks.  Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Fort Lauderdale (1999).

Sponsors and collaborators

2014, Action on Hearing Loss, a project entitled; "Changes in auditory selective attention and working memory as an index of functional hearing impairment in tinnitus."

2010, Medical Research Council, a project entitled; "Interactions between multimodal integration and multimodal selective attention" (with Katrin Krumbholz at the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research).

2009, Nuffield Science Foundation, a project entitled; “Assessing the locus of cross-modal selective attention: independent or superadditive effects?”

2008, Nuffield Science Foundation, a project entitled; “Bottom-up and Top-down Attentional Bias in Object Recognition.”

2006, Deafness UK, a project entitled “Selective attention to auditory spatial and non-spatial attributes” (with Dr Deb Hall, Jo Archer and Mark Edmonson-Jones at the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research).

2003-06, Medical Research Council, a project entitled “Multi-modal deficits in patients with visual hemispatial neglect” (with Dr Deb Hall at the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research).

2003-06, Medical Research Council, a project entitled “Response properties for what and where in human non-primary auditory cortex” (with Dr Deb Hall at the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research).

2002-03, US Transport Security Administration, a project entitled “Visual search in complex displays” (with Dr Nick Donnelly and Dr Tammy Menneer at the Visual Cognition Unit, The University of Southampton and Dr Kyle Cave at The Psychology Department, Massachusetts, Amherst).

External academic and professional activity

I have reviewed a number of articles for the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, the European Journal of Neuroscience and PLoS One.


I would be interested in supervising any projects investigating aspects of selective attention and performance. This includes uni- and multi-modal (visual and auditory) attention, and the way selective mechanisms mediate behaviour in different tasks and environments (e.g. in response to changes in the physical environment and the cognitive demands made by the task). I would also be interested in experimental investigations of behavioural and cognitive performance in different clinical populations (e.g., ADHD and Schizophrenia) or among individuals in response to challenging situations such as those experienced by military pilots.

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