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Data & Code Availability: Data & analysis scripts for all projects dated 2016 onward are available on the Open Sciences Framework (search for Edward Ester). Anything not on OSF can be obtained by e-mailing me.

Preprints (papers under review or in revision)

DiPuma, A., Rivera, K., Ester, E.F. Simultaneous retrospective prioritization of multiple working memory items. (psyaRxiv)

Xie W, Cappioello M, Yassa M, Ester EF, Deshpande G, Zhang W (submitted). Decoding item-specific information in visual short-term memory from the hippocampal DG/CA3 subfield.

Peer-reviewed Publications (click to view)

Ester, E.F., Sprague, T.C., Serences, J.T. (2020) Category knowledge biases sensory representations in human visual cortexJ Neurosci 40:917-931

Nouri, A., Ester, E.F. (in press) Recovery of Information from Latent Memory Stores Decreases Over Time. Cogn Neurosci 

Ester, E.F., Nouri, A., Rodriguez, L. (2018) Retrospective cues mitigate information loss in human cortex during working memory storageJ Neurosci. 38:8538-8548


Marini F., Scott J., Aron A.R., Ester, E.F. (2017) Distractors induce dimension-specific disruptions in spatial working memory. Attn Percept Psychophys. 79: 1384-1392

Ester, E.F., Sutterer, D.W., Serences, J.T., Awh, E. (2016) Feature-based attentional modulations in human frontoparietal cortexJ Neurosci 36:8188-8199

Sprague, T.C., Ester, E.F., Serences, J.T. (2016) Restoring latent visual working memory representations in human cortexNeuron 91:694-707

Ester, E.F., Rademaker, R.L., Sprague, T.C. (2016) How do visual and parietal cortex contribute to visual short-term memory? eNeuro 

Ester, E.F., Sprague, T.C., Serences, J.T. (2015) Parietal and frontal cortex encode stimulus-specific mnemonic representations during visual working memoryNeuron 87:893-905

Ester, E.F., Zilber, E., Serences, J.T. (2015) Substitution and pooling in visual crowding induced by similar and dissimilar distractorsJ Vis:15(4)

Itthipurripat, S., Ester, E.F., Deering, S., Serences, J.T. (2014) Sensory gain outperforms efficient read-out mechanisms in predicting attention-related improvements in behaviorJ Neurosci 34:13384-13398

Sprague, T.C., Ester, E.F., Serences, J.T. (2014) Reconstructions of information in visual spatial working memory degrade with memory loadCurr Biol 24:2174-2180.

Scolari, M.S., Ester, E.F., Serences, J.T. (2014) Feature- and object-based attentional modulations in human visual cortex. In: The Oxford Handbook of Attention (S. Kastner & A.C. Nobre, Eds), New York: Oxford University Press.

Ester, E.F., Klee, D., & Awh, E. (2014) Visual crowding cannot be wholly explained by feature pooling. J Exp Psychol Human 40:1022-1033

Ester, E.F., Ho, T.C., Brown, S.D., & Serences, J.T. (2014) Variability in visual working memory ability limits the efficiency of perceptual decision making. J Vis 14(4)

Ester, E.F., Fukuda, K., May, L.M., Vogel, E.K., & Awh, E. (2014) Evidence for a fixed capacity limit in attending multiple locations. Cogn Affect Behav Ne 14:62-77.


Ester, E.F., Anderson, D.E., Serences, J.T., & Awh, E. (2013) A neural measure of precision in visual working memory. J Cognitive Neurosci 25:754-761.


Ester, E.F., Drew, T., Klee, D., Vogel, E.K., & Awh, E. (2012) Neural measures reveal a fixed item limit in subitizing. J Neurosci 32:7169-7177.

Ho, T.C., Ester, E.F. (2012) Target enhancement and distractor suppression in naturalistic visual searchJ Neurosci 32:16539-16540


Stevens, A., Maron, L., Nigg J., Cheung, D., Ester, E.F., & Awh, E. (2012) Increased sensitivity to perceptual interference in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorderJ Int Neuropsych Soc 18:511-520.

Ester, E.F., Vogel, E.K., Awh, E. (2012) Discrete resource limits in visual attention and working memory. In: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Attention (M. Posner, Ed), New York: Guilford

Umemoto, A., Drew, T., Ester, E.F., & Awh, E. (2010) A bilateral advantage for storage in visual working memory. Cognition 117:69-79.


Ester, E.F., Serences, J.T., & Awh, E. (2009) Spatially global representations in human primary visual cortex during working memory maintenance. J Neurosci 29:15258-15265.


Barton, B.B., Ester, E.F., & Awh, E. (2009) Discrete resource allocation in visual working memory. J Exp Psychol Human 35:1359-1367.


Serences, J.T., Ester, E.F., Vogel, E.K., & Awh, E. (2009) Stimulus-specific delay activity in human primary visual cortex. Psychol Sci 20:207-214


Folk, C.L., Ester, E.F., & Troemel, K. (2009) How to keep attention from straying: Get engaged! Psychon B Rev 16:127-132.


Ester, E.F., & Awh, E. (2008) The processing locus of interference from salient singleton distractors. Vis Cogn 16:166-181