Anne Milner

Anne Milner

Graduate Student



Barry Giesbrecht

Research Area

Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience


Anne Milner completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol in Experimental Psychology and completed her MS in Psychology at the University of Birmingham before joining the Attention Lab at UCSB. She began her graduate studies in 2016 under the supervision of Dr. Barry Giesbrecht.


My research focuses on the control of selective attention in humans. In particular, I am interested in how stimuli that are associated with reward can rapidly capture attention and continue to be prioritized in visual attention, which can be detrimental to goal-directed behavior. I have examined whether the persistence of these reward associations is able to be extinguished over time. Additionally, I am using mobile eye-tracking to determine whether these reward associations can capture our attention in a real-world environment when interacting with actual objects. 

[Selective attention, attention capture, and reward learning]