When we decide to pay attention to something in the environment, we are allocating limited cognitive resources to the processing of that object or event. Certain kinds of events, however, seem to have the ability to “capture” attention, such that we involuntarily allocate attention to them. This talk will summarize the research on attentional capture, including work on the kinds of stimuli that capture attention, the conditions under which capture occurs, and the implications of this phenomenon for real-world circumstances such as driving. Charles Folk, Ph. D. is a Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Villanova Cognitive Science Program. His book, Attraction, Distraction, and Action: Multiple Perspectives on Attentional Capture, focuses on his research in this area.