Stephanie Rak's research while affiliated with University of Guelph and other places

Publications (2)

Preprint
Attention regulates visual working memory (VWM) performance by determining how its resources are distributed among encoded information. During encoding, this process is both flexible and strategic: Resources are unequally allocated to items based on the probability that each will be probed for memory recall. Here we assessed whether VWM resources c...

Citations

... However, these observations further suggest that differences in status may be associated with differences in how flexibly WM processes, such as the reallocation of resources, can operate on these representations. Finally, it is worth noting that the difficulty in reallocating resources from an attentional template to another representation (Kerzel & Witzel, 2019) is also consistent with recent proposals that the initial allocation of WM resources is automatically driven, while the subsequent reallocation of resources depends on controlled processes that are considerably limited (Dube, Lockhart, et al., 2019a;Williams et al., 2020). Thus, representations that obtain the attentional template status may automatically bias the allocation of WM resources in their favor, with little possibility for controlled processes to reverse this situation. ...