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When Natural Behavior Engages Working Memory

Authors
  • Draschkow, Dejan1, 2
  • Kallmayer, Melvin3
  • Nobre, Anna C.1, 2
  • 1 Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity, Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK
  • 2 Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3UD, UK
  • 3 Department of Psychology, Goethe University, 60323 Frankfurt, Germany
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Biology
Publisher
Cell Press
Publication Date
Feb 22, 2021
Volume
31
Issue
4
Pages
869–874
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2020.11.013
PMID: 33278355
PMCID: PMC7902904
Source
PubMed Central
Disciplines
  • Report
License
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Abstract

Draschkow et al. demonstrate that reliance on working memory is low during natural behavior, even when “holding information in mind to guide future behavior” is the very essence of the task. As searching for objects externally increases in locomotive effort, WM usage increases in a shallow and linear fashion. This trade-off affects performance.

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