Multiple visuospatial working memory buffers: Evidence from spatiotemporal patterns of brain activity

D. S. Ruchkin*, R. Johnson, J. Grafman, H. Canoune, W. Ritter

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Abstract

Numerous studies have shown that the visual system involves different cortical pathways in the perception of object (ventral visual pathway) and spatial (dorsal visual pathway) information. The present study was concerned with whether human visuospatial working memory divides along similar lines. We used event-related brain potentials (ERPs) recorded from scalp of normal humans to show the existence of different buffering systems for the retention of object and spatial visual information. Subjects were presented with object or spatial stimuli to be retained for a 3.6-sec interval. The ERPs isolated brain activity associated with retention from earlier storage and later retrieval processes. The ERP scalp topographies indicated that the underlying patterns of brain activation were different during retention of object and spatial information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-209
Number of pages15
JournalNeuropsychologia
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 16 1996

Keywords

  • Event-related potentials
  • Visuospatial
  • Working memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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