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What is attentional refreshing in working memory?

Authors
  • Camos, Valérie1
  • Johnson, Matthew2
  • Loaiza, Vanessa3
  • Portrat, Sophie4
  • Souza, Alessandra5
  • Vergauwe, Evie6
  • 1 Département de Psychologie, Université de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 2 Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • 3 Department of Psychology, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom. , (United Kingdom)
  • 4 Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, Université Grenoble Alpes & CNRS, Grenoble, France. , (France)
  • 5 Department of Psychology, Universität Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
  • 6 Department of Psychology, Université de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland. , (Switzerland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2018
Volume
1424
Issue
1
Pages
19–32
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/nyas.13616
PMID: 29542133
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Working memory is one of the most important topics of research in cognitive psychology. The cognitive revolution that introduced the computer metaphor to describe human cognitive functioning called for this system in charge of the temporary storage of incoming or retrieved information to permit its processing. In the past decades, one particular mechanism of maintenance, attentional refreshing, has attracted an increasing amount of interest in the field of working memory. However, this mechanism remains rather mysterious, and its functioning is conceived in very different ways across the literature. This article presents an up-to-date review on attentional refreshing through the joint effort of leading researchers in the domain. It highlights points of agreement and delineates future avenues of research. © 2018 New York Academy of Sciences.

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