Dynamic visual noise interferes with storage in visual working memory

Graham M Dean, Stephen A Dewhurst, Annalise Whittaker

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Several studies have demonstrated that dynamic visual noise (DVN) does not interfere with memory for random matrices. This has led to suggestions that (a) visual working memory is distinct from imagery, and (b) visual working memory is not a gateway between sensory input and long-term storage. A comparison of the interference effects of DVN with memory for matrices and colored textures shows that DVN can interfere with visual working memory, probably at a level of visual detail not easily supported by long-term memory structures or the recoding of the visual pattern elements. The results support a gateway model of visuospatial working memory and raise questions about the most appropriate ways to measure and model the different levels of representation of information that can be held in visual working memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-289
JournalExperimental Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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