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A concurrent working memory load does not necessarily impair spatial attention: evidence from inhibition of return

Shen, Z, Ding, Y, Satel, J ORCID: 0000-0002-5903-4104 and Wang, Z 2020 , 'A concurrent working memory load does not necessarily impair spatial attention: evidence from inhibition of return' , Visual Cognition, vol. 29, no. 1 , 38–50 , doi: 10.1080/13506285.2020.1858215.

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Abstract

Inhibition of return (IOR), an inhibitory aftereffect of attentional orienting, usually reveals itself inslower responses to targets appearing at previously attended locations in spatial cueing tasks.Many of the neural substrates underlying visual working memory are also closely linked toattention. The present study examined whether the contents held in working memory interferewith IOR by requiring participants to keep a set of spatial locations in working memory whilethey performed a spatial cueing task. Results revealed that the presence of a concurrentworking memory load modulated IOR when the cueing task involved saccadic responses(Experiment 4), but not when more resource-demanding responses were required in the cueingtask (Experiments 1–3). The present study also revealed that working memory load had littleeffect on the time course of IOR. We suggest that the attentional control setting (ACS) selectedto accommodate the cognitive tasks at hand determines whether working memory will interferewith IOR and spatial attention in general.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shen, Z and Ding, Y and Satel, J and Wang, Z
Keywords: attention, working memory, inhibition of return, spatial cueing
Journal or Publication Title: Visual Cognition
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISSN: 1350-6285
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13506285.2020.1858215
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