August 2014
Volume 14, Issue 10
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2014
Mechanisms of distractor interference in visual working memory
Author Affiliations
  • Kimron Shapiro
    University of Birmingham, UK
  • Risa Sawaki
    University of Birmingham, UK
Journal of Vision August 2014, Vol.14, 1379. doi:
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      Kimron Shapiro, Risa Sawaki; Mechanisms of distractor interference in visual working memory. Journal of Vision 2014;14(10):1379.

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Interference by external visual inputs has been shown to impact the ability to maintain information in visual working memory (VWM). However, the mechanism underlying this interference is not well understood. It is possible that distractor interference on visual working memory is not automatic but is instead a form of active attentional control based on the nature of the interfering stimulus. Using a modified change-detection paradigm where participants were required to encode the color of a single square, the present study investigated this issue by manipulating the relationship in colour space between to-be-remembered (target) and to-be-ignored (distractor) stimuli. The results provide evidence of active attentional control on VWM interference depending on the proximity in color space between the target and distractor.

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