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Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology
Western Carolina University
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Research Interests

Cognitive Psychology, Working Memory Capacity, Individual Differences, Cognitive Control, Mind Wandering

I seek to understand normal individual differences in attentional control by focusing on variation in working memory capacity, the propensity to mind wander and how they may relate to other psychological constructs.

Publications

Meier, M. E. (in press). Testing the Attention-Distractibility Trait. Memory & Cognition.PDF

Kane, M. J., Smeekens, B. A., Meier, M. E., Welhaf, M. S, & Phillips, N. E. (in press). Testing the Construct Validity of Competing Measurement Approaches to Probed Mind-Wandering Reports. Behavior Research Methods.PDF

Welhaf, M. S., Smeekens, B. A., Meier, M. E., Silvia, P. J., Kwapil, T. R., & Kane, M. J. (2020). The Worst Performance Rule, or the Not-Best Performance Rule? Latent-Variable Analyses of Working Memory Capacity, Mind-Wandering Propensity, and Reaction Time. Journal of Intelligence.PDF

Goller, H., Banks, J. B., & Meier, M. E. (2020).An Individual Differences Investigation of the Relations Among Life Event Stress, Working Memory Capacity, and Mind Wandering: A Preregistered Replication-Extension Study. Memory & Cognition.PDF

Meier, M. E. (2019). Is There a Positive Association between Working Memory Capacity and Mind Wandering in a Low-Demand Breathing Task? A Preregistered Replication of Levinson, Smallwood, and Davidson (2012). Psychological Science.PDF

Welhaf, M. S., Smeekens, B. A., Gazzia, N. C., Perkins, J. B., Silvia, P. J., Meier, M. E., Kwapil, T. R., & Kane, M. J. (2019). An Exploratory Analysis of Individual Differences in Mind Wandering Content and Consistency. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

Davis, W. E., Giner-Sorolla, R., Lindsay, D. S., Lougheed, J. P., Makel, M. C., Meier, M. E., Sun, J., Vaughn, L. A., Zelenski, J. M. (2018). Peer Review Guidelines Promoting Robustness and Transparency in Psychological Science. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.PDF

Meier, M. E. (2018) Can Research Participants Comment Authoritatively on the Validity of Their Self-Reports of Mind Wandering and Task Engagement? A Replication and Extension of Seli, Jonker, Cheyne, Cortes, and Smilek (2015). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.PDF

Meier, M. E., Smeekens, B. A., Silvia, P. J., Kwapil, T. R., & Kane, M. J (2018). Working memory capacity and the antisaccade task: A microanaltyic-macroanalytic investigation of individual differences in goal activation and maintenance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition.PDF

Kane, M. J., Gross, G. M., Chun, C. A., Smeekens, B. A., Meier, M. E., Silvia, P. A., & Kwapil, T. R. (2017). For whom the mind wanders, and when, II: Individual differences in subjective experience vary across laboratory and daily-life settings. Psychological Science.PDF

Meier, M. E., & Kane, M. J. (2017). Working memory capacity and attentional control. In Tobias Egner (Ed.), Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Control.PDF

Kane, M. J., Meier, M. E., Smeekens, B. A., Gross, G. M., Chun, C. A., Silvia, P. J., & Kwapil, T. R. (2016). Individual differences in the executive control of attention, memory, and thought, and their associations with schizotypy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.PDF

Redick, T. S., Shipstead, Z., Meier, M. E., Montroy, J., Hicks, K. L., Unsworth, N., Kane, M. J., Hambrick, D. Z. & Engle, R. W. (2016). Cognitive predictors of a common multitasking ability: contributions from working memory, attention control, and fluid intelligence. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.PDF

Meier, M. E., & Kane, M. J. (2015). Carving executive control at its joints: Working memory capacity predicts stimulus-stimulus, but not stimulus-response, conflict. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 41(6), 1849-1872. PDF

Meier, M. E., & Kane, M. J. (2013). Working memory capacity and Stroop interference: Global versus local indices of executive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 39(3), 748-759. PDF

McVay, J. C., Meier, M. E., Touron, D. R., & Kane, M. J. (2013). Aging Ebbs the Flow of Thought: Adult Age Differences in Mind Wandering, Executive Control, and Self-Evaluation. Acta Psychologica, 142(1), 136 -147. PDF

Redick, T. S., Broadway, J. M., Meier M. E., Kuriaskose, P. S., Unsworth, N., Kane, M. J., & Engle, R. W. (2012). Measuring working memory capacity with automated complex span tasks. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 28(3), 164-171. PDF

Touron, D. R., Oransky, N., Meier, M. E., & Hines, J. C. (2010). Metacognitive monitoring and strategic behaviour in working memory performance. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63(8), 1533-1551. PDF