Is verbal-spatial binding in working memory impaired by a concurrent memory load?

J. Elsley, Fabrice Parmentier

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Binding processes play a critical role in memory. We investigated whether the binding of (visuallypresented) verbal and spatial (locations) information involves general attentional resources, as stipulatedin the revised working memory model, by comparing measures of binding in the presence andabsence of a concurrent memory load. Using an adaptation of a probe recognition task contrastingperformance between intact and recombined conditions, we found that the concurrent retention ofa sequence of three pure tones eliminated verbal–spatial binding. The present study constitutes thefirst to directly measure the impact of a concurrent memory load on verbal–spatial binding andsuggests that such binding may indeed recruit attentional resources, consistent with some recent findingsin the visual–spatial binding literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1696-1705
JournalQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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