Visual short-term memory for two sequential arrays: One integrated representation or two separate representations?

Yuhong Jiang, Arjun Kumar

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Abstract

Two dot arrays, each containing a different set of six randomly selected locations from a 5 × 5 matrix, were presented briefly and were separated by an interstimulus interval (ISI) of 0, 200, 500, or 1,500 msec. Subjects were asked to remember these locations and to report whether a probe dot matched the locations in memory. To find out whether the subjects had formed an integrated representation of the two arrays, the probe dot was accompanied by matrix elements from the first array, from the second array, or from both arrays. Memory for Array 1 was significantly impaired when the retrieval context was drawn from Array 2, and vice versa, suggesting that the two arrays were represented separately. This effect was observed only at an ISI of 500 msec or longer. We propose that as Array 1 is better consolidated, its representation becomes more separated from that of Array 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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