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Catching a glimpse of working memory: top-down capture as a tool for measuring the content of the mind

Lange, Nicholas D. and Thomas, R.P. and Buttaccio, D.R. and Davelaar, Eddy J. (2012) Catching a glimpse of working memory: top-down capture as a tool for measuring the content of the mind. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 74 (8), pp. 1562-1567. ISSN 1943-3921.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-012-0378-9

Abstract

This article outlines a methodology for probing working memory (WM) content in high-level cognitive tasks (e.g., decision making, problem solving, and memory retrieval) by capitalizing on attentional and oculomotor biases evidenced in top-down capture paradigms. This method would be of great use, as it could measure the information resident in WM at any point in a task and, hence, track information use over time as tasks dynamically evolve. Above and beyond providing a measure of information occupancy in WM, such a method would benefit from sensitivity to the specific activation levels of individual items in WM. This article additionally forwards a novel fusion of standard free recall and visual search paradigms in an effort to assess the sensitivity of eye movements in top-down capture, on which this new measurement technique relies, to item-specific memory activation (ISMA). The results demonstrate eye movement sensitivity to ISMA in some, but not all, cases.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Attention and memory, Working memory, Eye movements, Top-down capture
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 09:43
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 08:38
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5154

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