Nipissing University
100 College Drive, North Bay, Ontario P1B 8L7


Jim McAuliffe HBA in Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario
  MA in Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario
  PhD in Physical Education and Sports Studies at the University of Alberta




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Courses Research Interests Current Research Projects Selected Publications Recent Graduate Students





PHED 1006 – Introduction to Physical Education


PHED 1016 – Motor Development (Winter 2008 term)





Visual Attention

Attention and Action

Attention and Athletes

Motor Control




The Effect of Autonomic Nervous System Activation on Object- and Space-Based Attention (2007-2012 - Funded by NSERC ).


A Prospective Analysis of Head Impacts Sustained in Bantam-Aged Minor Hockey Players – Member of Canadian Research Team – my focus is on the neuro-cognitive (attention) aspects of the project (Funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation).


Attention and Safe Driving.


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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. (2004).  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 (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.


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            Lise Belliveau.  MSc.  The impact of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle in patients with type II diabetes.  2004 – 2006.


           Jessica Cordes.  MPH.  Research Project.  The development of a workplace physical activity workshop.  2005 – 2007.


           Miranda Deller.  MSc.  Walk, Stop, Search, the effect of simulated motion on visual attention.  2004 – 2006.


           Tracey Larocque.  MSc.  The effects of iron supplementation on visual attention and memory in iron deficient adolescent females.  2004 - 2006.


           Adam Eikenberry.  MSc.  Get on the good foot:  Do pedal asymmetries exist in the sprint start response.  2003 – 2005.


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