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Mutual interactions between attention and working memory

Working Memory provides the fundamental continuity in everyday experience. By maintaining behaviourally relevant input in this extremely flexible temporary state, we can use information no longer present in the environment to guide future action and decision-making. 

We are particularly interested in how working memory is shaped by attention. By combining high-spatial resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with the millisecond time-resolution of MEG, we are aiming to identify the attentional processes that bias access to working memory and continue to influence information within working memory. 

Investigators: Mark Stokes, Nick Myers, George Wallis
Collaborators: Kia Nobre
Funding: Wellcome Trust

Key References:

Kuo, Stokes, Murray & Nobre (2014) Attention Biases Visual Activity in Visual Short-Term Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 1377-1389

Murray, Nobre, Clark, Cravo & Stokes (2013) Attention restores discrete items to visual short-term memory. Psychological Science, 24 (4), 550-556

Myers, Walther, Wallis, Stokes & Nobre (2014) Temporal Dynamics of Attention during Encoding versus Maintenance of Working Memory: Complementary Views from Event-related Potentials and Alpha-band Oscillations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(3):492-508

Nelissen, Stokes, Nobre & Rushworth (2013). Frontal and parietal cortical interactions with distributed visual representations during selective attention and action selection. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(42): 16443-16458