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Daryl Wilson

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Associate Professor

B.Sc., University of Waterloo, 1995
M.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1997
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2003

T: 613.533.2611

347 Humphrey Hall
Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

To function successfully, we need to be able to select the perceptual information relevant to current task goals, and the responses appropriate given the current task goals. I am interested in the attentional control processes that we use to flexibly control our perceptions, memories, and actions in our attempt to successfully complete tasks. Using a combination of behavioural studies and functional magnetic resonance imaging studies, I examine limitations in attentional control, how attentional control processes shape the world that we perceive, and the cortical mechanisms that underlie attentional control.

Selected Publications


1.    Harrison, G. W., Rajsic, J., & Wilson, D. E. (February, 2016). Object-Substitution Masking Degrades the Quality of Conscious Object Representations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(1), 180-186 doi: 10.3758/s13423-015-0875-7.

2.    Rajsic, J., Wilson, D. E., Pratt, J. (October, 2015). Confirmation bias in visual search.  Journal of Experimental Psychology; Human Perception & Performance, 41(5), 1353-1364, doi: 10.1037/xhp0000090.

3.    Furlano, R., Kelley, E., Hall, L., & Wilson, D. (May, 2015). Self-perception of competencies in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Research, 8(6), 761-770, doi: 10.1002/aur.1491.
4.    Rajsic, J., & Wilson, D. E. (Oct., 2014). Asymmetrical access to color and location in visual working memory.  Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76, 1902-1913. doi: 10.3758/s13414-014-0723-2

5.    Rajsic, J., Bi, Y., & Wilson, D. E. (2014). Long-term facilitation of return: A response-retrieval effect. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 21(2) 418-424. doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0502-4

6.    Wild, C. J., Yusuf, A., Wilson, D. E., Peelle, J. E., Davis, M. H., Johnsrude, I. S. (2012). Effortful Listening: The processing of degraded speech depends critically on attention.  Journal of Neuroscience, 32, 14010-14021.  doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1528-12.2012

7.    Wilson, D. E., Muroi, M., & MacLeod, C. M. (2011).  Dilution, not load, affects distractor processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 37, 319-335.

8.    Greenberg, A., Esterman, M., Wilson, D. E., Serences, J., & Yantis, S. (2010). Control of Spatial and Feature-Based Attention in Frontoparietal Cortex.  Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 14330-14339.

9.    Joordens, S., Wilson, D. E., Spalek, T. M., & Paré, D. E. (2010). Turning the Process-Dissociation Procedure Inside-Out: A New Technique for Understanding the Relation Between Conscious and Unconscious Influences.  Consciousness & Cognition, 19, 270-280.

10.    Dodd, M. D., & Wilson, D. E. (2009). Training attention: Interactions between central cues and reflexive attention. Visual Cognition, 17, 736-754.

11.    Wilson, D. E., MacLeod, C. M., & Muroi, M. (2008).  Practice in visual search produces decreased capacity demands but increased distraction. Perception & Psychophysics, 70, 1130-1137.

12.    Wilson, D. E., & Pratt, J. (2007). Evidence from a response choice task reveals a selection bias in the attentional cueing paradigm. Acta Psychologica, 126, 216-225.

13.    Yang, L., Hasher, L., & Wilson, D. E. (2007).  Synchrony effects in automatic and controlled retrieval.  Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 51-56.

14.    Wilson, D. E., Castel, A. D., & Pratt, J. (2006).  Long-term inhibition of return for spatial locations: Evidence for a memory retrieval account.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59, 2135-2147.

15.    Horton, K. D., Wilson, D. E., Vonk, J., Kirby, S. L., & Nielsen, T. (2005). Measuring automatic retrieval: A comparison of implicit memory, process dissociation, and speeded response procedures.  Acta Psychologica, 119, 235-263.

16.    Wilson, D. E., & Horton, K. D. (2002). Comparing techniques for estimating automatic retrieval: Effects of retention interval. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9, 566-574.

17.    Horton, K. D., Wilson, D. E., & Evans, M. (2001). Measuring automatic retrieval. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 27, 958-966.

18.    Servos, P., Lederman, S., Wilson, D., & Gati, J. (2001). fMRI-derived cortical maps for shape, texture, and hardness. Cognitive Brain Research, 12, 307-313.