01/01/2020 Computer Science Medicine Psychology
DOI: 10.3758/s13414-019-01837-x SemanticScholar ID: 201042158 MAG: 2967811450

Attention and binding in visual working memory: Two forms of attention and two kinds of buffer storage

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We review our research on the episodic buffer in the multicomponent model of working memory (Baddeley, 2000), making explicit the influence of Anne Treisman’s work on the way our research has developed. The crucial linking theme concerns binding, whereby the individual features of an episode are combined as integrated representations. We summarize a series of experiments on visual working memory that investigated the retention of feature bindings and individual features. The effects of cognitive load, perceptual distraction, prioritization, serial position, and their interactions form a coherent pattern. We interpret our findings as demonstrating contrasting roles of externally driven and internally driven attentional processes, as well as a distinction between visual buffer storage and the focus of attention. Our account has strong links with Treisman’s concept of focused attention and aligns with a number of contemporary approaches to visual working memory.

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Dr. Richard Allen

University of Leeds - Associate Professor

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