Media

Our research is frequently picked up by prominent UK and international media outlets. 

Professor Lavie regularly contributes to major science television programs and is committed to effective science communication and public engagement.

 
Selected Examples:

2017

25.09.2017 “Five ways science can improve your focus” BBC

17.05.2017 “7 ways to tame your wandering mind and achieve better focus” New Scientist

12.02.2017 "A neuroscientist explains: how we perceive the truth - podcast."  The Guardian

2016

05.09.2016 “Change blindness: can you spot the difference?” Guardian

10.06.2016 “How to deal with distraction in an attention economy” ABC News

28.02.2016 “Conversations really do fall on deaf ears when you are texting: Research shows your brain is to blame as it                          stops you listening when using smartphones” Mail Online   

20.02.2016 “The weird way looking at your phone can mess with your hearing”. Fox News

13.02.2016 “Power of concentration” BBC Brazil

09.02.2016  "How good are you at concentrating? Take the test" The Telegraph

09.02.2016 "Visual teaser tests just how distracted you are" NBC News

09.02.2016 "How quickly can you spot the two 'O's in these puzzles? It could reveal how strong your concentration levels
                    are"  The Independent

08.02.2016 "How easily distracted are YOU?" The Daily mail
                      
07.02.2016 "How good are you at concentrating?" The Guardian

01.01. 2016 Attention on the brain APS Observer
 
2015

16.12.2015 “The dangers of texting while parenting” PBS Newshour

16.12.2015 Bob Hirshon Podcast: Inattentional Deafness. AAAS Science

15.12.2015 "Distractibility trait predisposes some to attentional lapses" APS News

15.12.2015 "New trait explains why some people are more easily distracted than others" UCL News

09.12.2015 “Inattentional Deafness” BBC Radio 5 Live

09.12.2015 "Lesen oder Zuhören - beides geht nicht" Deutsche Welle
09.12.2015 "Why youngsters zone out when playing computer games" - The Daily Telegraph (in print, page 13)
09.12.2015 "Deaf to the World" - The Times (in print, page 22)

09.12.2015
" Staring at your phone screen can make you temporarily 'deaf'" Tech Insider
 
09.12.2015 "Zoning out: Teenagers really can't hear you when playing computer games" Daily Express
09.12.2015 " Smart Phones Actually Cause Temporary Deafness ” Mirror Daily
 
09.12.2015 " There's a Scientific Reason Why You're Ignoring People, Study Says " TIME
 
09.12.2015 " Momentary deafness can occur due to excessive concentration on visual task" Business Standard
 
09.12.2015 "Focusing On A Task May Leave You Temporarily Deaf: Study" Tech Times

09.12.2015
  "Why focusing on a visual task will make us deaf to our surroundings" UCL News

08.12.2015 " Why you can get away with not hearing your partner while you're flicking through Facebook on your phone" Telegraph
 
08.12.2015 " Your brain can't swipe and hear at the same time, scans show" Today
08.12.2015 " They Really Didn't Hear You" Discovery.com

08.12.2015 "Why your man can't watch TV and chat at the same time: Focusing on visual tasks leaves people deaf to sounds around them"  Daily Mail

08.12.2015 Can you hear me now? Study: Screens can interfere with hearing Good Morning America

08.12.2015 "Watch Out! Visual Concentration Can Leave You Temporarily 'Deaf' "  ABC News
 17.11.2015 "Time to focus and take our diversion quiz?"  The Sun
05.11.2015 " Apparently We Spend Over A Quarter Of Our Time Being Distracted"  MarieClaire
04.11.2015 "Is your mobile making YOU unhappy ? Checking phones eats up 15 per cent of our leisure time and affects our mood"  Daily Mail 
2014

20.11. 2014 “Zen and the Art of Cubicle Living”   The Atlantic

16.10.2014 “Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind” BBC.COM

04.10.2014Special Report: The Human Mind – A User’s Guide: Attention.” New scientist feature article and cover story.

01.10.2014 “Mind expanding: How to hack your attention span” New Scientist 

13.08.2014 “Blind für die Umwelt: Multitasking überfordert Kinder”. Der Spielgel

07.06.2014 "Inattentional deafness: won't listen or can't listen?" Daily Telegraph

27.05.2014 (first aired) “All in the mind” BBC Radio 4 - Program centered on visual overload. Listen now

25.05.2014 “Why children can't see what's right in front of them” BBC News - Ranked as 1st top story 

15.05.2014 “How to power down a busy mind” Yahoo News

03.05.2014 “Watch out: children more prone to looking but not seeing”. Health Canal

02.05.2014 “Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing” UCL news

02.05.2014 “Your kids may not be ignoring you on purpose” Yahoo News


30.04.2014 “Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing”. ScienceDaily

30.04.2014 “Watch out: Children more prone to looking but not seeing”. Medical Express

28.04.2014 "5 ways to power down a busy mind” Huffingtonpost.com

28.04.2014 "5 ways to power down a busy mind" Oprah

17.03.2014 “Why it's not that dim to bump into a lamp-post” Daily Mail

17.03.2014Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see” UCL News

2013


20.11.2013 "Why do I overlook the obvious". Naked Scientists, Cambridge.

2.09.2013 “Inattention is a major fact in road accidents” “ABC Radio National Australia” Health Report” Interview

20.08.2013Daydreamers are distracted by EVERYTHING - not just their own thoughts” Mail Online  

16.07.2013 “Terror in the skies series, episode 2: pilot error” Channel 4

21.03.2013 “How to avoid mistakes in medical surgery” BBC Horizon

21.03.2013 “What we can learn from fatal mistakes in surgery” BBC news

16.02.2013 “Why do radiologists miss dancing gorillas?” BBC News

10.02.2013 “ABC Radio National Australia” Health Report” Interview

01.02.2013Is city living harming your brain?” The Globe and Mail, Canada

2012


30.12.2012Sat-navs blind drivers to road ahead as they 'hold the image in their mind'” Mail Online

29.11.2012 “Sat-navs ‘could be dangerous’, study claims, warning of ‘road blindness’” Metro

28.11.2012Sat navs can 'blind' drivers to the road” DailyTelegraph

01.10.2012 “Study reveals how memory load leaves us ‘blind’ to new visual information” Wellcome Trust News  

03.08.2012 “'Inattention blindness' due to brain load” Medical Express

17.07.2012 “Inattention blindness' due to brain load” UCL news,

06.06.2012 “The curious case of Sherlock Holmes and perceptual load” The Psychologist.

27.05.2012 'Selectively deaf' husbands might have a point”  Daily Telegraph News

01.05.2012 “UK doctors blast McDonalds’ Olympic sponsorship” Fox News

01.05.2012 “UK docs rip food, drink sponsorship” ESPN News

18.04.2012 “Will adverts at the Olympics increase fast food consumption?” BBC News

03.04.2012 “Study: People with autism better at processing information” – Welcome Trust News  CBS News  Science Daily

01.04.2012Thinking smarter about people who think differently” Wired Magazine

31.03.2012 “The Upside of Autism” The Wall Street Journal

18.01.2012 “Hey, did you hear? …Why we don’t listen!” Scientific American

2011

11.08.2011 “The illusion of attention The Guardian Science news,

08.06.2011 "Our gadgets make us 'deaf' to the world, study confirms" NBC News

27.05.2011 “Lost in a book? How reading and doing crosswords can block your ability to hear” Mail Online

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” Wellcome Trust News  

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” British Neuroscience Association  

27.05.2011'Selectively deaf' husbands might have a point” Daily Telegraph

27.05.2011 “Are you paying attention? Reading this could make you ‘deaf’ to the world around you” The Mirror

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” The Independent

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” MSNBC.com

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” Money Times

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” Men’s Health US.

27.05.2011 “How our focus can silence the noisy world around us” Radio 5 live interview

27.05.2011 “The downside of concentration: it can make you deaf” National Post

28.04.2011 Feature article on attention. Die Zeit 

 
2010

12.11.2010 “People spend 'half their waking hours daydreaming“ BBC News

17.03.2010 “Can brain scans help companies sell more?” BBC News

01.02.2010 (First Aired) “The truth behind crop circles” National Geographic

 
2009

28.09.2009 ” Key to subliminal messaging is to keep it negative, study shows”. BBC News 

28.09.2009 “Subliminal advertising really does work, claim scientists” DailyTelegraph

28.09.2009 “Power of the hidden message revealed” The Independent

28.09.2009 “Negative subliminal messages more effective” CBS News

28.09.2009 ”Key to subliminal messaging is to keep it negative, study shows”. Radio 4 PM hour.

28.09.2009 Key to subliminal messaging is to keep it negative, study shows”. Wellcome Trust ‘news and features’

09.06.2009 “No room for daydreaming: harnessing the ever-wandering mind.” Wellcome Trust ‘news and features’

24.03.2009 Brain waves 'foreshadow mistakes' BBC News

03.04.2009 “New test targets employees with wandering minds” Globe and Mail,

11.02.2009  Feature article “volle Konzentration” Zeit Wissen (Die Zeit scientific magazine), Germany

 
 
2008

01.12.2008 (First Aired) Discovery Channel “Weird Connections”: The invisible Gorilla episode. A full-length episode describing how ‘load theory’ accounts for failures of visual perception by car drivers and pilots. 

09.05.2008 "Internazionale" Italy 

06.02.2008 “Ask the expert: What distracts us” Prof. Lavie Zeit Wissen (Die Zeit scientific magazine) Germany 

 
 
2007

02.06.2007 Israel National Radio interview

31.05.2007 BBC 5 Live Radio interview

30.05.2007 BBC 3 Counties Radio interview

30.05.2007 Irish Talk Radio interview

18.12.2007Concentration on the Job May Call for Distractions” The Wall Street Journal

15.12.2007  “Focus, focus, focus” New Scientist feature article and cover story

02.06.2007 “Have I got News for you, BBC1”  (covering the use of distraction measure as an employee selection test)

31.05.2007 “Distraction test for job seekers” Channel 4 News  

30.05.2007 “Test to find easily distracted workers” Daily Telegraph

30.05.2007 UCL scientist develops a measure of distraction UCL News

29.05.2007 “Employee test spots inattention'” BBC News

 
2006

26.05.2006 “Not very vital signs” The Mirror

23.03.2006 “Signing away safety” The Psychologist

15.01.2006 “Magic brain” ABC News

 24.12.2005 “Flogging a dead horse” New Scientist

 
2005

24.12.2005 “Flogging a dead horse” New Scientist

01.09.2005 “Blind for the change” Der Spiegel

27.08.2005 “How card sharps fool the best of us” New Scientist

26.08.2005 “Science in Action” BBC Radio 4 Worldservice

24.08.2005 “Why we can miss 'obvious' sights” BBC News

29.07.2005 “Watch my hands deceive you” BBC News

01.12.2005 “Hocus Focus” Discover

2002

03.04.2002 Short documentary on “change blindness” Sky Digital

02.03.2002 “Discussions of the neural correlates of attention.” BBC Radio 4

2002 “Inattention leads to change blindness” UCL Science

 
2001

01.04.2001 “Working with distraction” Nature Reviews Neuroscience

02.03.2001 “Taxi chatter a road hazard?” Daily Telegraph  

02.03.2001 “Working memory helps focus the mind” Science