Movement and visual coding: the structure of visuo-spatial working memory

John Gerard Quinn

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Abstract

The influential model of verbal working memory (WM) introduced by Baddeley and Hitch (Recent advances in learning and motivation. Academic, New York, 1974) comprised three interacting component parts; an executive controller and two subservient systems. The two subservient systems, one underpinning verbal processing and the other underpinning visual processing are themselves subdivided. In the verbal system, a passive phonological store is maintained by an active phonological loop, which is able to rehearse the material in the passive store. The visual working memory system has traditionally been thought of as having a similar architecture with a passive visual store being maintained by an active store, which codes in terms of movement over space. The paper discusses the evidence for this relationship in visuo-spatial WM and concludes that the architecture does not fit well with the experimental literature. A direction for future research is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive Processing
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Visuo-spatial
  • Working memory
  • Movement
  • Attention
  • SHORT-TERM-MEMORY
  • SPATIAL MEMORY
  • EYE-MOVEMENTS
  • INTERFERENCE
  • IMAGERY
  • ATTENTION
  • TASKS
  • HYPERMNESIA
  • IMPAIRMENT
  • DISRUPTION

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