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The Focus of Spatial Attention Determines the Number and Precision of Face Representations in Working Memory

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The capacity of visual working memory for faces is extremely limited, but the reasons for these limitations remain unknown. We employed event-related brain potential measures to demonstrate that individual faces have to be focally attended in order to be maintained in working memory, and that attention is allocated to only a single face at a time. When 2 faces have to be memorized simultaneously in a face identity-matching task, the focus of spatial attention during encoding predicts which of...

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10.1093/cercor/bhv083

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University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Economic and Social Sciences Research Council
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ES/K002457/1
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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Cerebral Cortex More from this journal
Publication date:
2015-04-01
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1460-2199
ISSN:
1047-3211
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pubs:531872
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uuid:f700a8ab-11ff-4bca-b532-1f97ceeacf3b
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pubs:531872
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531872
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2015-07-15

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