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›› 2007, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (5): 754-760.

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The Role of Visual Working Memory in Visual Search

Pan Yi;Xu Baihua;Hu Xinkui   

  1. Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310028, China
  • Received:2007-04-02 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2007-09-15 Published:2007-09-15
  • Contact: Xu Baihua

Abstract: The role of visual working memory in visual search is more complex than that described by the biased-competition model. According to the demands of current tasks, the contents of visual working memory can be used flexibly to guide attentional selection in visual search. Based on the systematic review of recent studies, we discuss the role of visual working memory in visual search from following three aspects: object working memory & visual search, spatial working memory & visual search, and executive working memory & visual search. In the end of this paper, we draw seven conclusions on the role of visual working memory in visual search based on the recent studies, and give our specific explanations for several problems existing in recent studies. We also put forward some directions for future researches on visual memory involved in visual search. The role of such visual memory as prospective memory and implicit memory in visual search should be studied in depth

Key words: visual working memory, visual search, object working memory, spatial working memory, executive working memory

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