CCN meeting | Nick Myers (Brain & Cognition Lab, University of Oxford, UK)

04-07-2019 from 15:00 to 16:00
Henri Dunantlaan 2, room 4.5
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Working Memory as Task Set Representation

Selective attention can help overcome the capacity limits of working memory by placing important information in the ‘focus of attention’, a representational state that improves recall. This kind of prioritization may draw on prospective coding – that is, maintaining WM information as part of a task set that is suited to a context-appropriate response to an upcoming requirement to act. I will present some recent behavioural and electrophysiological data that are consistent with this view. The existence of multiple representational states in WM – storing information for immediate action in a preferred state while holding onto less important information in a latent state – may help ensure that upcoming behavior is only guided by currently relevant information without interference from WM contents that are irrelevant now but may become important later.