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A concurrent working memory load does not necessarily impair spatial attention: evidence from inhibition of return

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Shen, Z and Ding, Y and Satel, J and Wang, Z, A concurrent working memory load does not necessarily impair spatial attention: evidence from inhibition of return, Visual Cognition, 29, (1) pp. 38-50. ISSN 1350-6285 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13506285.2020.1858215

Abstract

Inhibition of return (IOR), an inhibitory aftereffect of attentional orienting, usually reveals itself in slower responses to targets appearing at previously attended locations in spatial cueing tasks. Many of the neural substrates underlying visual working memory are also closely linked to attention. The present study examined whether the contents held in working memory interfere with IOR by requiring participants to keep a set of spatial locations in working memory while they performed a spatial cueing task. Results revealed that the presence of a concurrent working memory load modulated IOR when the cueing task involved saccadic responses (Experiment 4), but not when more resource-demanding responses were required in the cueing task (Experiments 13). The present study also revealed that working memory load had little effect on the time course of IOR. We suggest that the attentional control setting (ACS) selected to accommodate the cognitive tasks at hand determines whether working memory will interfere with IOR and spatial attention in general.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:attention, working memory, inhibition of return, spatial cueing
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Memory and attention
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Satel, J (Dr Jason Satel)
ID Code:142704
Year Published:2021 (online first 2020)
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2021-02-08
Last Modified:2021-05-18
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