Visual working memory load does not eliminate visuomotor repetition effects

Rajsic, Jason, Hilchey, Matthew, Woodman, Geoffrey and Pratt, Jay (2019) Visual working memory load does not eliminate visuomotor repetition effects. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. ISSN 1943-3921

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13414-019-01839-9

Abstract

When we respond to a stimulus, our ability to quickly execute this response depends on how combinations of stimulus and response features match to previous combinations of stimulus and response features. Some kind of memory representations must be underlying these visuomotor repetition effects. In this paper, we tested the hypothesis that visual working memory stores the stimulus information that gives rise to these effects. Participants discriminated the colors of successive stimuli while holding either three locations or colors in visual working memory. If visual working memory maintains the information about a previous event that leads to visuomotor repetition effects, then occupying working memory with colors or locations should selectively disrupt color–response and location–response repetition effects. The results of two experiments showed that neither color nor spatial memory load eliminated visuomotor repetition effects. Since working memory load did not disrupt repetition effects, it is unlikely that visual working memory resources are used to store the information that underlies visuomotor repetitions effects. Instead, these results are consistent with the view that visuomotor repetition effects stem from automatic long-term memory retrieval, but can also be accommodated by supposing separate buffers for visual working memory and response selection

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual working memory, Repetition effects, Memory: visual working and short-term memory
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 16:25
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41655

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