Dr. Simona Buetti                                                                                     


        

         Research Assistant Professor

         University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

         603 E. Daniel Street
         Champaign, IL 61820

 

         Office: Room 521, Psychology Building        

         Phone: 217-300-8156                                                                    

         Email: sbuetti{at}gmail.com, buetti{at}illinois.edu

 

 


 

Research Interests:
I am interested in understanding visual attention, emotion-cognition interactions, and response interference effects in individuals who vary in terms of their personality and emotional temperament (normal, at-risk for depression, at-risk for mania, at-risk for phobia). Some of my recent work focuses on the relationship between cognitive load, task difficulty and visual distractibility. I have also recently proposed a new two-stage theory of visual attention that is based on the premise that attention works to diminish uncertainty in a scene. Using behavioral and imaging methods, I am pursuing two lines of research on emotion-cognition interactions. The first focuses on the effects of stimulus relevance and its impact on emotion processing and attentional control. The second aims at understanding how the subjective experience of control over experimental events (real and illusory) changes the way participants respond to emotional events.     

    

Awards:

Awarded the 2014 NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, Brain & Behavior research Foundation.

Awarded the 2012 Arnold O. Beckman Research award (role Co-PI). University of Illinois.
 

Teaching: Perception and Sensory Processes (Psyc230)

 

Education
12.2009   Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland (Dissertation: Click here)
10.2005   M.A. in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

06.2004   B.A. in Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Publications

 

2014

  • Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2014). Not all "distractor" tags are created equal: using a search asymmetry to dissociate the inter-trial effects caused by different forms of distractors. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:669. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00669. Click here.

  • Buetti, S., Lleras, A., & Moore, C. M. (2014). The flanker effect does not reflect the processing of “task-irrelevant” stimuli: Evidence from inattentional blindness. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 21(5), 1231-1237. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-014-0602-9 Click here 

2013

  • Buetti, S., Tamietto, M., Hervais-Adelman, A., Kerzel, D., de Gelder, B., & Pegna, A. (2013). Dissociation between goal-directed and discrete response localization in a patient with bilateral cortical blindness. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(10) . doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00404 Click here

  • Lleras, A., Buetti, S., & Mordkoff, J. T. (2013). When Do the Effects of Distractors Provide a Measure of Distractibility? In B. H. Ross (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation. Elsevier Inc.: Academic Press, 261–316. Click here

  • Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2013). Vision. In E. Diener & R. Biswas-Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers. DOI: www.nobaproject.com

2012

  • Buetti, S. & Lleras, A. (2012). Perceiving control over aversive and fearful events can alter how we experience those events: an investigation of time perception in spider-fearful individuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:337. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00337. Click here. Special issue: The Impact of Emotion on Cognition – Dissociating between Enhancing and Impairing Effects (Frontiers in Emotion Science Cross-Linked with Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience).

  • Adam, J. J., Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2012). Coordinated Flexibility: How Initial Gaze Position Modulates Eye-Hand Coordination and Reaching.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 38(4), 891-901. Click here

  • Kerzel, D., & Buetti, S. (2012). Approach and avoidance movements are unaffected by cognitive conflict: a comparison of Simon effect and stimulus-response compatibility. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 19(3), 456-461. doi: 10.3758/s13423-012-0246-6. Click here

  • Buetti, S., Juan, E., Rinck, M. & Kerzel, D. (2012). Affective states leak into movement execution: Automatic avoidance of threatening stimuli in fear of spider is visible in reach trajectories. Cognition & Emotion, DOI:10.1080/02699931.2011.640662.  Click here

2010

  • Kerzel, D., Gauch, A., & Buetti, S. (2010). Involuntary attention with uncertainty: Peripheral cues improve perception of masked letters, but may impair perception of low-contrast letters. Journal of Vision, 10(12):12, 1-13. Click here

  • Kerzel, D., Zarian, L., Gauch, A., & Buetti, S. (2010). Large effects of peripheral cues on appearance correlate with low precision. Journal of Vision, 10(11): 26, 1-14. Click here

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2010). Effects of saccades and response type on the Simon effect: If you look at the stimulus, the Simon effect may be gone. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 2172-1289. Click here

2009

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2009). Conflicts during response selection affect response programming: Reactions towards the source of stimulation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(3) 816-834.  Click here

2008

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2008). Time course of the Simon effect in pointing movements for horizontal, vertical, and acoustic stimuli: Evidence for a common mechanism underlying the Simon effect. Acta Psychologica, 129(3), 420-428. Click here

 

Media

  • News Bureau, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (10/24/2012). A Sense of control eliminates emotional distortions of time. Click here.

 

Talks and Posters

  • Lleras, A., Madison, A., Cronin, D. M., Wang, Z., & Buetti, S. (2015, May). Towards a better understanding of the role of parallel attention in visual search. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 2015.

  • Cronin, D. M., Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2015, May). What’s the role of parallel processing in visual search? Evidence from eye tracking. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 2015.

  • Madison, A., Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2015, May) Singleton search performance predicts performance on heterogeneous displays: Evidence in support of the Information Theory of Vision. Poster to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, 2015.

  • Buetti, S., & Robinson, M. (2014, November). Spatial Attention is Modulated by both Arousal and Valence when Image Content is Task Relevant.55th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Long Beach, USA).

  • Lleras, A., Chu, H., & Buetti, S. (2014, November). Perceptual Load is Not a Structural Limit in Attentive Processing: The Case of Performance Under Pressure.55th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Long Beach, USA).

  • Madison, A., Lleras, A. & Buetti, S. (2014, October). Logarithmic Discounting of Elements in Feature Search. Presentation at the Visual Cognition and Human Performance seminar in Psychology Department, University of Illinois.

  • Madison, A., Lleras, A. & Buetti, S. (2014, May). Logarithmic, sequential discounting of elements in a search display during feature search: Evidence in favor of the Information Theory of Vision. Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete, FL.

  • Wang, Z., Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2014, May). Higher plausibility of visual search data in real-world scenes under logarithmic search function than linear function. Vision Sciences Society. St. Pete, Florida.

  • Cronin, D.A., Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2014, May). The role of lure heterogeneity in logarithmic visual search. Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

  • Buetti, S., Lleras, A.., & Cronin, D. (2013, November). Attentive Screening: A Parallel Resolution-Limited Stage That Locates Likely Targets. 54th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Toronto, CA)

  • Lleras, A.. Chu, H., & Buetti, S. (2013, November). What is the Relationship Between Perceptual Load and Attentional Capture? 54th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Toronto, CA)

  • Cronin, D.A., Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2013, September). Attentional filtering during visual search. Presentation at University of Illinois VCHP Division Colloquium, Champaign, IL.

  • Buetti, S. (2013, May). Subjective experience of control and emotion regulation. Presentation at the Institute of Psychology of the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China.

  • Buetti, S. (2013, May). Subjective experience of control and emotion regulation. Presentation at the Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

  • Buetti, S., & Lleras, A. (2012, November). Examination of the boundaries of the buffering effect of control on emotion processing. 53th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Minneapolis, USA).

  • Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2012, November). Ocular capture by abrupt onset is severely reduced during mental arithmetic: Evidence against cognitive load theory. 53th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Minneapolis, USA).

  • Gomes de Castro, T., Buetti, S., & Barbosa Gomes, W. (2012, September). Consequences of tactile inputs in a spatial compatibility task: implication for body self-awareness. Reunião Anual do IBNeC (Floripa, Brazil).

  • Lleras, A., & Buetti, S. (2012, May). Where do the eyes go when you think? Away from visually salient information. Paper presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida.

  • Buetti, S. (2012, April). Effects of the subjective experience of control on emotion regulation: an investigation in non-anxious and spider-fearful individuals. Presentation at the Visual Cognition and Human Performance Division, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

  • Buetti, S., Mereu, S., & Lleras, A. (2012, January). Impact of illusory control on time perception in normal and spider-fearful individuals. Second University of Illinois Postdoctoral Research Symposium (Illinois, USA).

  • Adam, J. J., Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2011, December). Coordinated Flexibility: Initial Gaze Position Mediates Eye-Hand Coordination. NVP Winter Conference on Cognition, Brain, and Behaviour of the Dutch Psychonomic Society (The Netherlands).

  • Buetti, S., Mereu, S., & Lleras, A. (2011, November). Time Distortion of Emotionally Charged Images in Normal and Phobic Individuals. 52th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Washington, USA).

  • Buetti, S., Burra, N., Kerzel, D., de Gelder, B., & Pegna, A. (2011, November). Unilateral blindsight in complete cortical blindness. 52th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Washington, USA).

  • Buetti, S., Adam, J. J., & Kerzel, D. (2010, November). Fitts’s law depends on where you look. 51th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society (Missouri, USA).

  • Buetti, S., Juan, E., & Kerzel, D. (2010, August). Reaching in the presence of threatening stimuli: Evidence for automatic avoidance. Poster presented at the 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Lausanne (Switzerland). Abstract published in: Perception, 39 Suppl., 183 (2010).

  • Kerzel, D., Zarian, L., Gauch, A., & Buetti, S. (2010, August). Peripheral cues do not alter appearance: Bad performance leads to large cueing effects. Paper presented at the 33rd European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), Lausanne (Switzerland). Abstract published in: Perception, 39 Suppl., 5 (2010).

  • Buetti, S., Hommel, B., Kerzel, D., & Kumada, T. (2010, May). Modulation of saccade latencies by hand action coding. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, Florida.

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2010, April). Response programming in stimulus-response compatibility. PisaFest, Organised by Patrick Cavanagh, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Université Paris Descartes, Centre Biomédical des Saints Pères, Paris, France.

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2009, August). The role of attention in stimulus-response compatibility. Paper presented at the 11th congress of the Swiss Psychological Society (SPS), Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • Kerzel, D., Juan, E., & Buetti, S. (2009, August). Influence of threatening stimuli on goal-directed hand movements. Poster presented at the 11th congress of the Swiss Psychological Society (SPS), Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2009, May). Influence of conflict during response selection on response programming in the Simon Effect. Presentation at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyoto University (Japan).

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2008, November). No Simon effect without redirection of attention to the response location (II). Poster presented at the 49th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Chicago (Illinois, USA). Abstract published in: Abstracts of the Psychonomic Society, 13, 126 (2008).

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2008, July). No Simon effect without redirection of attention to the response location. Poster presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Visual Search and Selective Attention (VSSA) / 2nd Munic Visual Search Symposium Swiss Edition, Fribourg (Switzerland).

  • Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2007, November). Trajectory deviations of pointing movements toward the irrelevant stimulus location in vertical and horizontal Simon tasks. Poster presented at the 48th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach (California, USA). Abstract published in: Abstracts of the Psychonomics Society, 12 Suppl., 56 (2007).
    Buetti, S., & Kerzel, D. (2006, August). Deviation of manual responses toward a to-be-ignored stimulus location: Distractor inhibition revisited. Poster presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), St-Petersbourg (Russia). Abstract published in: Perception, 35 Suppl., 151 (2006).

 

Unpublished work

  • Buetti, S. (2009, December). Evaluation of the Simon effect in response programming and under different eye movement instructions: An analysis of goal-directed and symbolic responses. Doctoral Thesis, University of Geneva.

  • Buetti, S., Hauert, C.-A., & Ptak, R. (2005, October). Influence de facteurs perceptifs et biomécaniques sur les mouvements de pointage de sujets sains et de patients héminégligents. Mémoire de diplôme non publié, Université de Genève.

  • Buetti, S., & de Preux L. (2004, June). Etude de l’impact de l’expertise visuelle dans l’effet dit de l’ « autre race » au niveau subordinal par le biais d’une tâche de classification avec amorçage. Mémoire de licence non publié, Université de Genève.