Individual differences in working memory capacity predict visual attention allocation

M. Kathryn Bleckley, Francis T. Durso, Jerry M. Crutchfield, Randall W. Engle, Maya M. Khanna

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Abstract

To the extent that individual differences in working memory capacity (WMC) reflect differences in attention (Baddeley, 1993; Engle, Kane, & Tuholski, 1999), differences in WMC should predict performance on visual attention tasks. Individuals who scored in the upper and lower quartiles on the OSPAN working memory test performed a modification of Egly and Homa's (1984) selective attention task. In this task, the participants identified a central letter and localized a displaced letter flashed somewhere on one of three concentric rings. When the displaced letter occurred closer to fixation than the cue implied, high-WMC, but not low-WMC, individuals showed a cost in the letter localization task. This suggests that low-WMC participants allocated attention as a spotlight, whereas those with high WMC showed flexible allocation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)884-889
Number of pages6
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin and Review
Volume10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Short-Term Memory
Individuality
Working Memory Capacity
Visual Attention
Individual Differences
Cues
Letters
Costs and Cost Analysis

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Bleckley, M. K., Durso, F. T., Crutchfield, J. M., Engle, R. W., & Khanna, M. M. (2003). Individual differences in working memory capacity predict visual attention allocation. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 10(4), 884-889.

Individual differences in working memory capacity predict visual attention allocation. / Bleckley, M. Kathryn; Durso, Francis T.; Crutchfield, Jerry M.; Engle, Randall W.; Khanna, Maya M.

In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 12.2003, p. 884-889.

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Bleckley, MK, Durso, FT, Crutchfield, JM, Engle, RW & Khanna, MM 2003, 'Individual differences in working memory capacity predict visual attention allocation', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 884-889.
Bleckley, M. Kathryn ; Durso, Francis T. ; Crutchfield, Jerry M. ; Engle, Randall W. ; Khanna, Maya M. / Individual differences in working memory capacity predict visual attention allocation. In: Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 2003 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 884-889.
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