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:


10.09.2021 “How to use science to focus at work”. WIRED

16.06.2021 “Cutting the working day to five hours temporarily improves employee productivity, but the increase in intensity leads to more stress” Daily Mail

28.05.2021 “Mysteries of the human brain: Episode 3- The Missing Piece”. RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

22.05.2021 “Limited Energy” New Philosopher


25.09.2020 “Behaviour management: the science behind Slant” Times Education Supplement (feature article)

07.08.2020 “The brain and energy management” Radio Canada National science weekly programme

04.08.2020 “People are oblivious to distractions when focusing on a specific task because the human brain has a 'limit' on how much information it can process at once” Daily Mail

03.08.2020 “Energy demands limit our brains information-processing capacity” UCL news

26.02.2020 “Health tweaks to think yourself happier” Daily Mail

27.01.2020 “One ping after another: why everyone needs a notification detox” The Guardian


13.08.2019 "Hands-free phone ban for drivers 'should be considered." BBC News

30.07.2019 "Dark mode isn't as good for your eyes as you believe" Wired

26.04.2019 "Does cognitive load theory deserve its cult following?" Times Education Supplement

04.03.2019 Interview on "Load theory of attention resolves a 35 year old debate" Here are the News Israel Broadcast Corporation, channel 11

16.02.2019 “The Israeli psychologist that put an end to the 35 year old debate” Globes

21.01.2019 "This brain training app may help you stay focused, says new study" CNN

18.01.2019 "Focus: Less distraction, more clarity" (feature article and cover story) Geo


12.10.2018 "To Communicate Effectively, We Must Match The Chosen Medium of Engagement” Forbes

04.10.2018 “Brains on cocktail party” Slovenia National Radio channel 1 Radio Prvi

10.09.2018 “Here's more evidence that multitasking might not work” From the grapevine Israel

01.09.2018 Struggling to multitask? Your brain might have hit full capacity. New Scientist

29.05.2018 Distinct from intelligence or working memory your perceptual capacity predicts how susceptible you are to inattentional blindness BPS research digest

28.05.2018 “How Perceptive Are You? Not Everyone Is the Same” Scientific American


10.10.2017 How to concentrate in an open‑plan office The Times

08.10.2017 "Driverless cars can transform cities by 2025, says Toyota" The Times

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


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


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"

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


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

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

04.10.2014 “Special 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”

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

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


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

20.08.2013 “Daydreamers 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

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


30.12.2012 “Sat-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

28.11.2012 “Sat 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

01.04.2012 “Thinking 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


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”

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


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


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


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


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

18.12.2007 “Concentration 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


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


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


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


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