The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory

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Abstract

Short-term memory (STM) encompasses cognitive functions for the storage, maintenance, and mental manipulation of information that is no longer present in the sensory environment. Selective attention, on the other hand, relates to functions that modulate the processing of sensory events during encoding. We review evidence from a series of three tactile memory experiments using electroencephalography and discuss our observations in the context of research on tactile perceptual attention and visual STM. Striking similarities across the domains of STM and perception indicate that the central executive system for tactile STM relies on control mechanisms that accomplish attentional selection during somatosensory encoding. Our findings support the view that STM emerges when attention is directed to the representation of sensory signals stored in modality-specific brain areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanisms of Sensory Working Memory
Subtitle of host publicationAttention and Perfomance XXV
EditorsPierre Jolicoeur, Christine Lefebvre, Julio Martinez-Trujillo
PublisherElsevier
Chapter21
Pages275-292
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-801371-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameAttention and Performance
VolumeXXV

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Keywords

  • working memory
  • attention-based rehearsal
  • electroencephalography
  • event-related potentials
  • selective attention
  • short-term memory
  • somatosensation
  • spatial attention
  • touch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Katus, T. A. H., & Andersen, S. K. (2015). The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory. In P. Jolicoeur, C. Lefebvre, & J. Martinez-Trujillo (Eds.), Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory: Attention and Perfomance XXV (pp. 275-292). (Attention and Performance; Vol. XXV). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801371-7.00021-1

The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory. / Katus, Tobias Alexander Herbert; Andersen, Søren K.

Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory: Attention and Perfomance XXV. ed. / Pierre Jolicoeur; Christine Lefebvre; Julio Martinez-Trujillo. Elsevier, 2015. p. 275-292 (Attention and Performance; Vol. XXV).

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Katus, TAH & Andersen, SK 2015, The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory. in P Jolicoeur, C Lefebvre & J Martinez-Trujillo (eds), Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory: Attention and Perfomance XXV. Attention and Performance, vol. XXV, Elsevier, pp. 275-292. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801371-7.00021-1
Katus TAH, Andersen SK. The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory. In Jolicoeur P, Lefebvre C, Martinez-Trujillo J, editors, Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory: Attention and Perfomance XXV. Elsevier. 2015. p. 275-292. (Attention and Performance). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801371-7.00021-1
Katus, Tobias Alexander Herbert ; Andersen, Søren K. / The Role of Spatial Attention in Tactile Short-Term Memory. Mechanisms of Sensory Working Memory: Attention and Perfomance XXV. editor / Pierre Jolicoeur ; Christine Lefebvre ; Julio Martinez-Trujillo. Elsevier, 2015. pp. 275-292 (Attention and Performance).
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