Individual working memory capacity is uniquely correlated with feature-based attention when combined with spatial attention

Jesse J. Bengson, George R Mangun

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Abstract

A growing literature suggests that working memory and attention are closely related constructs. Both involve the selection of task-relevant information, and both are characterized by capacity limits. Furthermore, studies using a variety of methodological approaches have demonstrated convergent working memory and attention-related processing at the individual, neural and behavioral level. Given the varieties of both constructs, the specific kinds of attention and WM must be considered. We find that individuals' working memory capacity (WMC) uniquely interacts with feature-based attention when combined with spatial attention in a cuing paradigm (Posner, 1980). Our findings suggest a positive correlation between WM and feature-based attention only within the spotlight of spatial attention. This finding lends support to the controlled attention view of working memory by demonstrating that integrated feature-based expectancies are uniquely correlated with individual performance on a working memory task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-102
Number of pages17
JournalAttention, Perception, and Psychophysics
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Individual differences
  • Perception
  • Working memory
  • Working memory capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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