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ERIC Number: EJ784869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
The Role of Attention in the Maintenance of Feature Bindings in Visual Short-term Memory
Johnson, Jeffrey S.; Hollingworth, Andrew; Luck, Steven J.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v34 n1 p41-55 Feb 2008
This study examined the role of attention in maintaining feature bindings in visual short-term memory. In a change-detection paradigm, participants attempted to detect changes in the colors and orientations of multiple objects; the changes consisted of new feature values in a feature-memory condition and changes in how existing feature values were combined in a binding-memory condition. In the critical experiment, a demanding visual search task requiring sequential shifts of spatial attention was interposed during the delay interval of the change-detection task. If attention is more important for the maintenance of feature bindings than for the maintenance of unbound feature values, the attention-requiring search task should specifically disrupt performance in the binding-memory task. Contrary to this proposal, it was found that memory for bindings and memory for features were equally impaired by the search task.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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