Looking sharp: Becoming a search template boosts precision and stability in visual working memory

Jason Rajsic, Natasha Ouslis, Daryl Wilson, Jay Pratt

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Abstract

Visual working memory (VWM) plays a central role in visual cognition, and current work suggests that there is a special state in VWM for items that are the goal of visual searches. However, whether the quality of memory for target templates differs from memory for other items in VWM is currently unknown. In this study, we measured the precision and stability of memory for search templates and accessory items to determine whether search templates receive representational priority in VWM. Memory for search templates exhibited increased precision and probability of recall, whereas accessory items were remembered less often. Additionally, while memory for Templates showed benefits when instances of the Template appeared in search, this benefit was not consistently observed for Accessory items when they appeared in search. Our results show that becoming a search template can substantially affect the quality of a representation in VWM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1643-1651
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Volume79
Issue number6
Early online date23 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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