Hendon campus, BG09A
Selective attention can help overcome the capacity limits of working memory (WM) by placing important information in the ‘focus of attention’, a representational state that improves recall. This kind of prioritisation may draw on prospective coding – that is, maintaining WM information in a format that is suited to an upcoming requirement to act.
Nick will present recent behavioural and electrophysiological data that are consistent with this view and show the putative role of neural oscillations in this process.
The existence of multiple representational states in WM – storing information for immediate action in an active state while holding onto less important information in a latent state that is held in an uncorrelated neural activity pattern – may help ensure that upcoming behaviour is only guided by currently relevant information without interference from WM contents that are irrelevant now but may become important later.
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This is part of the Psychology Department’s 2019-20 Research Seminar Series.