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Dr. Jim McAuliffe

Dr. Jim McAuliffe
​Dr. Jim McAuliffe
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research - Dean, Graduate Studies and Research
office: F208-A
email: jimmc@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450      
ext: 4293
fax: 705.474.1947


HBA, University of Western Ontario;
MA, University of Western Ontario;
PhD, University of Alberta

Areas of Specialization:

​Visual attention, motor learning and control

Research Interests:

  • Visual attention and autonomic nervous system activation
  • Inhibition of return
  • Attention and safe driving
  • Neurocognitive function and​ sport-related concussion (mTBI)

Current & Future Research:

  • The effect of autonomic nervous system activation on object- and space-based attention (NSERC Discovery Grant)
  • Enhancing Safe Vehicular Mobility in Older Adults (Auto 21 Network Centres of Excellence)


Papers in Refereed Journals

Smith D.M., McAuliffe J., Johnson M.J., Button D.C., & Behm D.G. (2014). Seated inversion adversely affects vigilance tasks and suppresses heart rate and blood pressure. In press Occupational Ergonomics

Weaver, B., Bédard M., & McAuliffe, J. (2013). Evaluation of a Ten-Minute Version of the Attention Network Test. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27:8, 1281-1299. DOI: 10.1080/13854046.2013.851741.

McAuliffe, J., Johnson, M., Weaver, B., Deller-Quinn, M., & Hansen, S. (2013). Body Position Differentially Influences Responses to Exogenous and Endogenous Cues. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 1342-1346, DOI:10.3758/s13414-013-0553-7.

Keightley, M., Yule, A., Garland, K., Reed, N., McAuliffe, J., Garton, J., Green, S., & Taha, T. (2010). Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Female Youth: Two Case Studies. BMJ Case Reports, doi:10.1136bcr.12.2009.2309.

Reed N, Taha T, Keightley M, Duggan C, McAuliffe J, Cubos J, Baker J, Faught B, McPherson M, & Montelpare W. (2010). Measurement of Head Impacts in Youth Hockey Players. International Journal of Sports Medicine (Sep 9 [Epub ahead of print]). PMID: 20736428.

Cubos, J., Baker, J., McAuliffe, J., Keightley, M., McPherson, M., MacPherson, A., Reed, N., Duggan, K., Taha, T., & Montelpare, W.J. (2009). Measuring concussive risk in minor ice-hockey. Journal of ASTM International. 6(6), JAI 1010878.

Keightley, M., Duggan, C., Reed, N., McAuliffe, J., Taha, T. Faught, B., McPherson, M., Baker, J., & Montelpare, W. (2009). Case Report: Pediatric Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. BMJ Case Reports, doi: 0.1136/bcr.06.2008.0148.

Weaver, B., Bedard, M., McAuliffe, J., & Parkkari, M. (2009). Using the Attention Network Test to Predict Driving Test Scores. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 41, 76-83.

Eikenberry, A., McAuliffe, J., Welsh, T., Zerpa, C., McPherson, M., & Newhouse, I. (2008). Starting with the ‘‘right’’ foot minimizes sprint start time, Acta Psychologica, 127, 495-500.

McAuliffe, J., Chasteen, A.L., & Pratt, J. (2006) Object- and location-based inhibition of return in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 21(2), 406-410.

Bédard, M., Leonard, E., McAuliffe, J., Gibbons, C., Dubois, S., & Weaver, B. (2006). Visual attention and older drivers: The contribution of inhibition of return to safe driving. Experimental Aging Research, 32, 119-135.

McAuliffe, J. & Pratt, J. (2005). The role of temporal & spatial factors in covert orienting of visual attention tasks. Psychological Research, 69(4), 285-291.

McAuliffe, J.E. (2004). Differences in attentional set between athletes and non-athletes. Journal of General Psychology, 131(4), 426-437.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. (2002). Determining if attentional set is inclusive or exclusive. Perception and Psychophysics, 64(8), 1361-1370.

Newhouse, I.J., Johnson, K.P., Montelpare, W.J., & McAuliffe, J.E. (2002). Variability within individuals of plasma ionic magnesium concentrations. BMC Physiology, 2:6 (26 Apr).

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. Inhibition of Return in Visual Marking? (2002). The importance of the Inter-Stimulus Interval and type of search task. Visual Cognition, 9(7), 869-888.

McAuliffe, J., Pratt, J., & O’Donnell, C. (2001). Examining location-based and object-based components of Inhibition of Return in static displays. Perception and Psychophysics, 63(6), 1072-1083.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J. (2001). The effects of onsets and offsets on visual attention. Psychological Research, 65, 185-191.

Manktelow, S., Farrell, J.M. & McAuliffe, J. (2001). Gender differences in adolescent self-efficacy in sport. Avante, 7(1), 68-74.

Finstad, E.W., Newhouse, I.J., Lukaski, H.C., McAuliffe, J.E. & Stewart, C.R. (2001). Effects of Magnesium Supplementation on exercise performance. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 33(3), 493-498.

Pratt, J., Sekuler, A., & McAuliffe, J.E. (2001). The role of attentional set on attentional cueing and inhibition of return. Visual Cognition. 8(1), 33-46.

Timmons, B.W., Newhouse, I.J., Thayer, R.E., McAuliffe, J.E., & McIllwaine, S. (2000). The efficacy of Sport TM as a dietary supplement on performance and recovery in trained athletes. Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology, 25(1), 55-67.

Pratt, J. & McAuliffe, J.E. (1999). The effect of practice on inhibition of return in static displays. Perception and Psychophysics, 61, 756-765.

Pratt, J., Adam, J.J., & McAuliffe, J. (1998). The spatial relationship between cues and targets mediates Inhibition of Return. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 52(4), 213-216.

Buckolz, E.E., Stevens, S., O’Donnell, C., Van Damme, J., & McAuliffe, J.E. (1997). On the absence of response interference in choice reaction time tasks: Higher probable events. Human Movement Science, 16, 567-595.

Buckolz, E., O'Donnell, C., McAuliffe, J.E. & Stevens, S. (1997). The Spatial precue effect for foveal detection/recognition tasks. Ergonomics, 40(7), 761-776.

Buckolz, E.E., McAuliffe, J.E. & O'Donnell, C. (1996). The Simon Effect: Evidence of a response processing functional locus. Human Movement Science, 15, 543-564.

Buckolz, E.E., McAuliffe, J.E., & Hall, C.R. (1989). The influence of specific priming degree on suppression duration. Human Movement Science, 8(3), 201-226.


Grove, J., McAuliffe, J., MacPhail, L., & Norris, S. (2010). Beyond the Nick: Long term Player Development. Squash Canada. 79 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9867437-0-2​

Courses Taught:

  • PHED 1006: Introduction to Physical Education
  • PHED 1016: Motor Development
  • PHED 2016: Motor Learning and Control
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