University Research Professor
Phone: (902) 494-6551
Fax: (902) 494-6585
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Applied cognitive psychology
BA (SUNY at Stony Brook)
MA/PhD (University of Oregon)
I am a cognitive psychologist whose research, since my graduate training with Mike Posner, has been dominated by the concept of attention. Most of my time is spent doing and supervising basic cognitive and cognitive neuroscience research. Although I am a neo-Hebbian in the sense that I recognize that the brain is the organ of mind, and I value theories that seek to generate psychological processes in neural networks, mental chronometry has been my principle methodology. Recently, I have become increasingly involved in applying the methods and findings of human experimental psychology to real world problems of individuals such as those suffering from dyslexia, attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson's disease, problem gambling, and brain damage because of stroke; and to real-world issues such as counterfeit detection, eyewitness testimony, road and offshore safety.
- Saban, W., Sekely, L., Klein, R. M. & Gabay, S. (2017) Endogenous orienting in the archer fish: From reflexive to volitional processes? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), 114(29), 7577-7581.
- Klein. R. M. & Saint-Aubin, J. (2016) What a simple letter detection task can tell us about reading. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25(6) 417–424
- Saint-Aubin, J., Klein, R. M., Babineau, M., Christie, J. & Gow, D. (2016) There is a Missing-Phoneme Effect in Aural Prose Comprehension, Psychological Science., 27(7), 1017-1026.
- Christie, J. J., Hilchey, M. D., Mishra, R. & Klein, R. M. (2015) Eye movements are primed toward the centre of multiple stimuli even when the interstimulus distances are too large to generate saccade averaging, Experimental Brain Research, 233:1541-1549.
- Hilchey, M. D., Klein, R. M., & Satel, J. (2014). Returning to “Inhibition of Return” by dissociating long-term oculomotor IOR from short-term sensory adaptation and other nonoculomotor “inhibitory” cueing effects. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(4), 1606-1616.
- Lawrence, M. A. & Klein, R. M. (2013) Isolating exogenous and endogenous mechanisms of temporal attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(2), 560-572.
- Satel, J., Hilchey, M. D., Wang, Z., Story, R., and Klein, R. M. (2013). The effects of ignored versus foveated cues upon inhibition of return: An event-related potential study. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75(1), 29-40.
- Hilchey, M. D. & Klein, R. M. (2011) Are there bilingual advantages on non-linguistic interference tasks? Implications for plasticity of executive control processes, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18, 625-658.
- Klein, R. M.& Lawrence, M. A. (2011) The modes and domains of attention. In M. I. Posner (Ed.) Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (2nd Ed.). New York: Guilford Press, p. 11-28.
- Ishigami, Y. & Klein, R. M. (2009) Is a hands-free phone safer than a handheld phone? Journal of Safety Research, 40, 157-164.
Awards and Honours
• Faculty of Graduate Studies: Distinguished Service Award (May, 2000)
• D. O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award (2008) (Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) https://www.csbbcs.org/awards/distinguished-contribution/24-awards-main/hebb/29-hebb-award-2008
• Dalhousie University Outstanding Graduate Advisor (2009) http://dalnews.dal.ca/2009/07/14/advising.html
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (inducted 2011)
• Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award (2012) (Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) https://www.csbbcs.org/awards/tees-leadership/25-awards-main/tees/40-tees-award-2012