August 2009
Volume 9, Issue 8
Free
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2009
Does attentional capture guide the contents of visual short-term memory?
Author Affiliations
  • Naseem Al-Aidroos
    Psychology Department, University of Toronto
  • Jay Pratt
    Psychology Department, University of Toronto
Journal of Vision August 2009, Vol.9, 174. doi:10.1167/9.8.174
  • Views
  • Share
  • Tools
    • Alerts
      ×
      This feature is available to authenticated users only.
      Sign In or Create an Account ×
    • Get Citation

      Naseem Al-Aidroos, Jay Pratt; Does attentional capture guide the contents of visual short-term memory?. Journal of Vision 2009;9(8):174. doi: 10.1167/9.8.174.

      Download citation file:


      © ARVO (1962-2015); The Authors (2016-present)

      ×
  • Supplements
Abstract

Visual short-term memory allows information within a visual scene to be encoded as an internal representation and actively maintained over time. Because this memory system is capacity limited, however, only a subset of the objects within a visual scene can be encoded in this way. In the present research, we investigated whether the objects that are selected for memory are determined solely volitionally, or whether stimulus-driven attentional capture can bias this selection. Subjects were presented an array of visual objects and asked to remember a subset of them (i.e., their volitional goal). In addition, an irrelevant distractor was used to randomly cue locations within this array (i.e., a stimulus-driven signal). Memory performance was biased by the task-irrelevant distractor, suggesting that attentional capture does guide the contents of visual short-term memory. This finding is discussed within the context of the contingency of attentional capture on top-down control settings, and in terms of the time course of the interaction between top-down volitional attention and bottom-up attentional capture.

Al-Aidroos, N. Pratt, J. (2009). Does attentional capture guide the contents of visual short-term memory? [Abstract]. Journal of Vision, 9(8):174, 174a, http://journalofvision.org/9/8/174/, doi:10.1167/9.8.174. [CrossRef]
Footnotes
 Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
×
×

This PDF is available to Subscribers Only

Sign in or purchase a subscription to access this content. ×

You must be signed into an individual account to use this feature.

×