Halely Balaban

PhD student at Prof. Roy Luria’s laboratory

Research title
Online updating of visual working memory representations


Research project

My research involves the online updating of visual working memory (WM) representations. WM is the mechanism that allows us to store relevant information in an activated state, update it, and use it to guide behavior. As the visual environment changes, the relevant representations must be updated. Using electrophysiological methods (EEG), we can isolate the contents of visual WM. We do so by tracking an event related potential (ERP) component called the contralateral delay activity (CDA), which is specifically sensitive to the number of items held in visual WM. The temporal precision of this technique allows us to examine the ways in which WM representations change online, to adapt to the dynamic environment.


Meetings

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (February 2017). Resetting in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 4th Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology, Akko.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (May 2016). Neural and behavioral evidence for an online resetting process in visual working memory. Talk given at the Vision Sciences Society 15th Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (May 2016). Resetting of visual working memory following demanding changes. Poster presented at the 2nd International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (February 2016). Neural and behavioral evidence for an online resetting process in visual working memory. Talk given at the 3rd Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology, Akko.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (May 2015). Grouping in visual working memory is determined by the task context. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society 14th Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (February 2015). The online updating of separating items in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 2nd Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology, Akko.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (June 2014). When common fate fails: The limited reach of Gestalt grouping cues in online object binding in visual working memory. Poster presented at the Tel Aviv University School of Psychological Sciences 2nd Annual Students Conference.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (May 2014). When common fate fails: The limited reach of Gestalt grouping cues in online object binding in visual working memory. Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society 13th Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, Florida.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (February 2014). When common fate fails: The limited reach of Gestalt grouping cues in online object binding in visual working memory. Poster presented at the 1st Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology, Akko


Publications

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (2017). Neural and behavioral evidence for an online resetting process in visual working memory. The Journal of Neuroscience, 37(5), 1225-1239.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (2016). Object representations in visual working memory change according to the task context. Cortex, 1-13.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (2016). Integration of distinct objects in visual working memory depends on strong objecthood cues even for different-dimension conjunctions. Cerebral Cortex, 26, 2093-2104.

  • Luria, R., Balaban, H., Awh, E., & Vogel, E. K. (2016). The contralateral delay activity as a neural measure of visual working memory. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 62, 100-108.

  • Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (2015). The number of objects determines visual working memory capacity allocation for complex items. NeuroImage, 119, 54-62.

  • Allon, A. S., Balaban, H., & Luria, R. (2014). How low can you go? Changing the resolution of novel complex objects in visual working memory according to task demands. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:265, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2-14.00265


Awards

  • Azrieli Foundation Fellow.

  • MA in cognitive psychology, Tel Aviv University: Summa cum laude.

    Tel Aviv University Rector's award for excellence in teaching


Contact
halelyba@mail.tau.ac.il


Research Categories: Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive neuroscience