Paul Atchley

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 433
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556

Ph.D., 1996, University of California, Riverside
Research Areas: Cognitive and Brain Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Research methods
  • Sensation & perception
  • Attention


I do translational cognitive science on visual attention and perception, with an emphasis on engaging scholarship for public impact.

Driving, Distraction, and Multitasking: Effects of distraction on driving and performance, perception of heading in driving, assessment and intervention techniques for visual deficits in elderly drivers

Attentional Processes: visual attention in 3D space and to space and objects,

especially in real-world contexts

Perceptual and Memory Processes: Motion perception and integration, strategies of information use based on familiarity

Higher Education: Development of techniques to improve major performance and preparedness

Research Interests

  • Distracted driving
  • Attention
  • Human factors

Selected Publications

Atchley, P. & Lane, S. (2014). Cognition in the attention economy. In . (Ed.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation (Vol. 61, pp. 453-462).

Atchley, P. Chan, M. & Gregersen, S. (2014). A strategically timed verbal task improves performance and neurophysiological alertness during fatiguing drives. Human Factors, 56, 453-462.

Atchley, P. Shi, J. & Yamamoto, T. (2014). Cultural foundations of safety culture: A comparison of traffic safety culture in China, Japan and the United States. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 26, 317-325.

Atchley, R. Strayer, D. & Atchley, P. (2012). Creativity in the wild: Improving creative reasoning through immersion in natural settings. PLoS One, 7, e51474. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0051474

Atchley, P. Hadlock, C. & Lane, S. (2012). Stuck in the 70s: The role of social norms in distracted driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention,(40), 279-284.

Atchley, P. & Warden, A. C. (2012). The need of young adults to text now: Using delay discounting to assess informational choice. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, 1(229-234).

Atchley, P. Hooker, E. Kroska, E. & Gilmour, A. (2012). Validation of an Online Orientation Seminar to Improve Career and Major Preparedness. Teaching of Psychology, 39, 146-151.

Atchley, P. & Chan, M. (2011). Potential benefits and costs of concurrent task engagement to maintain vigilance: A driving simulator investigation. Human Factors, 53, 3-12.

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