Dr Risa Sawaki PhD

Dr Risa Sawaki

School of Psychology
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Risa Sawaki is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Visual Experience Lab (directed by Professors Jane Raymond and Kim Shapiro). Her main research goal is to understand cognitive mechanisms of visual attention, memory, value learning, and their interactions. She employs behavioral and neuroscience approaches, including event-related potentials (ERPs) and time-frequency analysis. She is also interested in schizophrenia, ADHD, aging, addiction, and obesity.


Sawaki, R., & Luck, S. J. (2014). How the brain prevents and terminates shifts of attention. In G. R. Mangun (Ed.), Cognitive Electrophysiology of Attention: Signals of the Mind (pp. 16–29). Elsevier.

DiQuattro N. E., Sawaki, R., & Geng, J. J. (2014). Effective onnectivity during feature-based attentional capture: Evidence against the attentional reorienting hypothesis of TPJ. Cerebral Cortex, 24, 3131-3141.

Sawaki, R., & Luck, S. J. (2013). Active suppression after involuntary capture of attention. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 296-301.

Sawaki, R., Geng, J. J., & Luck, S. J. (2012). A common neural mechanism for preventing and terminating the allocation of attention. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 10725-10736.

Sawaki, R., & Luck, S. J. (2011). Active suppression of distractors that match the contents of visual working memory. Visual Cognition, 19, 956-972.

Sawaki, R., & Luck, S. J. (2010). Capture versus suppression of attention by salient singletons: Electrophysiological evidence for an automatic attend-to-me signal. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 72, 1455-1470.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2009). Difficulty of discrimination modulates attentional capture by regulating attentional focus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 359-371.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2008). Top-down directed attention to stimulus features and attentional allocation to bottom-up deviations. Journal of Vision, 8, 1-8.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2008). Distractor P3 is associated with attentional capture by stimulus deviance. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119, 1300-1309.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2007). Difficulty of discrimination modulates attentional capture for deviant information. Psychophysiology, 44, 374-382.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2006). AD/HD and P300 ERP. Behavioral Science Research, 45, 21-29.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2006). Stimulus context determines whether non-target stimuli are processed as task-relevant or distractor information. Clinical Neurophysiology, 117, 2532-2539.

Sawaki, R., & Katayama, J. (2006). Severity of AD/HD symptoms and efficiency of attentional resource allocation. Neuroscience Letters, 407, 86-90.

Sawaki, R., Terao, A., Murohashi, H., & Miyamoto, T. (2005). The degree of AD/HD symptoms associates with the distinct neural activation during behavioral inhibition in normal adult. Japanese Journal of Physiological Psychology and Psychophysiology, 23, 19-28.