Tag: Sensory Recruitment

Reaffirming the Sensory Recruitment Account of Working Memory

Published in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 22, Issue 3, 190-192 Abstract “The sensory recruitment theory of working memory (WM) proposes that the same cortical regions that contribute to online perceptual processing of a stimulus are recruited to maintain that information in WM [1,2]. In a recent review, Xu reevaluates and rejects sensory accounts of visual WM storage [3]. We clarify here several principles of sensory recruitment theory and describe how the evidence explored in the review – for instance, the role of top-down signals in sustaining sensory cortex representations – actually supports sensory accounts of WM storage.” Written by:… Read More

Visual Working Memory Storage Recruits Sensory Processing Areas

Published in: Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Volume 22, Issue 3, 189-190 Abstract “Human visual processing is subject to a dynamic influx of visual information. Visual working memory (VWM) allows for maintaining relevant visual information available for subsequent behavior. According to the dominating view, VWM recruits sensory processing areas to maintain this visual information online (i.e., the ‘sensory recruitment’ hypothesis). In her recent Trends in Cognitive Sciences article, however, Xu [1] proposes that VWM storage does not rely on (occipital) sensory processing areas, but rather on specialized frontal and parietal areas that are not involved in sensory processing per se [1].”… Read More