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Author Ben Shalom, Asaf ♦ Ganel, Tzvi
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer US
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology
Subject Keyword Perceptual organization ♦ Visual working memory ♦ Object-based attention ♦ Short term memory ♦ Cognitive Psychology
Abstract Representations in visual short-term memory are considered to contain relatively elaborated information on object structure. Conversely, representations in earlier stages of the visual hierarchy are thought to be dominated by a sensory-based, feed-forward buildup of information. In four experiments, we compared the spatial resolution of different object properties between two points in time along the processing hierarchy in visual short-term memory. Subjects were asked either to estimate the distance between objects or to estimate the size of one of the objects' features under two experimental conditions, of either a short or a long delay period between the presentation of the target stimulus and the probe. When different objects were referred to, similar spatial resolution was found for the two delay periods, suggesting that initial processing stages are sensitive to object-based properties. Conversely, superior resolution was found for the short, as compared with the long, delay when features were referred to. These findings suggest that initial representations in visual memory are hybrid in that they allow fine-grained resolution for object features alongside normal visual sensitivity to the segregation between objects. The findings are also discussed in reference to the distinction made in earlier studies between visual short-term memory and iconic memory.
ISSN 10699384
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-08-12
Publisher Place Boston
e-ISSN 15315320
Journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Volume Number 22
Issue Number 2
Page Count 9
Starting Page 500
Ending Page 508


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