Binding or prioritization

The role of selective attention in visual short-term memory

Yei Yu Yeh, Cheng-Ta Yang, Yu Chin Chiu

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Abstract

Whether selective attention binds features in visual short-term memory or prioritizes selection for memory consolidation and decision was investigated with a change detection paradigm. Two types of change were manipulated: Feature or conjunctions of features. Previous work suggests that the allocation of attentional resources affects binding; hence attentional shifts during retention should affect the detection of conjunction changes more than feature changes. The results of Experiments 1 and 2 showed that attention shifts had a similar impact on detecting feature and conjunction changes. Experiment 3 showed a performance benefit with a post-cue occurring 200 or 550 ms after stimulus offset, but no improvement was found when prioritization occurred with a delay of 800 ms. The results of Experiment 4 suggested that signals from both feature changes and conjunction changes contribute to detection. The theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-799
Number of pages41
JournalVisual Cognition
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul 1

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Short-Term Memory
Resource Allocation
Cues
Visual Short-term Memory
Selective Attention
Memory Consolidation
Retention (Psychology)
Experiment

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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In: Visual Cognition, Vol. 12, No. 5, 01.07.2005, p. 759-799.

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