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Asymmetric cross-domain interference between two working memory tasks: Implications for models of working memory

Morey, C. C., Morey, R. D., van der Reijden, M. & Holweg, M., Oct-2013, In : Journal of Memory and Language. 69, 3, p. 324-348 25 p.

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  • Candice C. Morey
  • Richard D. Morey
  • Madeleine van der Reijden
  • Margot Holweg

Observations of higher dual-task costs for within-domain than cross-domain task combinations constitute classic evidence for multi-component models of working memory (e.g., Baddeley, 1986; Logie, 2011). However, we report an asymmetric pattern of interference between verbal and visual-spatial tasks, such that imposing a verbal memory load provokes graded decreases in visual memory performance, but imposing a visual memory load does not much affect verbal memory performance. Across multiple experiments, we verify that this pattern cannot adequately be explained as a mere byproduct of stimulus recoding or strategic preference. Current working memory models do not predict this persistent finding, thus a change in ongoing debate about relationships between attention and maintenance of verbal and visual mental representations is necessary. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-348
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Memory and Language
Volume69
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2013

    Keywords

  • Working memory, Attention, Verbal short-term memory, Visuo-spatial short-term memory, Visual short-term memory, SHORT-TERM-MEMORY, LATENT-VARIABLE ANALYSIS, INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES, SIMULTANEOUS STORAGE, SPATIAL INFORMATION, AUDITORY ARRAYS, CAPACITY LIMIT, SERIAL MEMORY, COMPLEX SPAN, TIME

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