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Anastasia Kiyonaga

Anastasia Kiyonaga

Assistant Professor
Department of Cognitive Science

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Humans have the remarkable ability to guide behavior based on goal information that is internally generated and maintained. We use this 'working memory' to track steps of conversation and problem-solving, to guide what we look for in a visual scene, and to support many other cognitive functions. We also have to keep information in mind while we face a continuous stream of perceptual input and demands for our attention in the environment. The lab studies how we do this.

Research in the lab examines how working memory interacts with perception, attention, and action. We use a combination of behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI), and brain stimulation (TMS) methods to examine how the brain generates and maintains transient mnemonic representations to achieve complex behavior.

  • Kiyonaga A, Scimeca JM, & D’Esposito M (accepted in principle*). Dissociating the causal roles of frontal and parietal cortex in working memory capacity. Nature Human Behaviour. *This is a Registered Report that has undergone Stage 1 peer-review. DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.7145873.v1
  • Kiyonaga A & Scimeca JM (2019). Practical considerations for navigating Registered Reports. Trends in Neurosciences, 42, 568-572. DOI: 10.1016/j.tins.2019.07.003
  • Scimeca JM, Kiyonaga A, & D’Esposito M (2018). Reaffirming the sensory recruitment account of working memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22, 190-192. 10.1016/j.tics.2017.12.007
  • Kiyonaga A, Dowd EW, & Egner T (2017). Neural representation of working memory content is modulated by visual attentional demand. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 2011-2024. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_01174
  • Kiyonaga A, Scimeca JM, Bliss DP, & Whitney D (2017). Serial dependence across perception, attention, and memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 493-497. DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2017.04.011
  • Kiyonaga A & Egner T (2016). Center-surround inhibition in working memory. Current Biology, 26, 64-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.013
  • Kiyonaga A & Egner T (2014). The working memory Stroop effect: When internal representations clash with external stimuli. Psychological Science, 25, 1619-1629. DOI: 10.1177/0956797614536739
  • Kiyonaga A, Korb F, Lucas J, Soto D, & Egner T (2014). Dissociable causal roles for left and right parietal cortex in controlling attentional biases from working memory. NeuroImage, 100, 200-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.06.019
  • Kiyonaga A, & Egner T (2013). Working memory as internal attention: Toward an integrative account of internal and external selection processes. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 228-242. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-012-0359-y
  • Soto D, Greene C, Kiyonaga A, Rosenthal C, & Egner T (2012). A parieto-medial temporal pathway for the strategic control over working memory biases in human visual attention. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 17563-17571. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2647-12.2012