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Protection and Removal of Information in Working Memory

Professor Jarrod A. Lewis-Peacock will be delivering a seminar entitled: ‘Protection and Removal of Information in Working Memory’.

Abstract: Protecting information in working memory from distraction is essential to goal-directed behavior. Discarding information from working memory may be just as important, as outdated information consumes precious storage capacity and can interfere with current goals. In this talk, I will discuss both of these abilities. First, I will review recent advances in cognitive psychology and neuroscience that have produced new insights into the nature of working memory and its ability to resist distraction. This includes our recent findings which demonstrate that the benefits associated with prioritization in working memory include a “bend but don’t break” policy for enduring distraction. Second, I will describe our recent neuroimaging work focused on intentionally removing information from working memory. We’ve identified distinct strategies for removal that have unique but stable patterns of brain activity with surprising consequences on the encoding of new information.

You can also join the seminar virtually on Microsoft Teams.


16 March 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
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