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CORDER, Ana Paula Ulmann; GARCIA, Rafael Vasques Ricardo Basso  e  GALERA, Cesar. The incidental binding of visual and spatial information in working memory. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.1, pp. 113-125. ISSN 1516-3687.

This study investigated the incidental integration of visual and spatial information in working memory using a sequence recognition task in which participants had to memorize a sequence of stimuli according to a predetermined relevant dimension and ignore changes in an irrelevant dimension. It was supposed that, if performance was affected by a change in the irrelevant dimension, it could be inferred that object and spatial position were automatically integrated. This assumption was tested in two experimental conditions in which the dimensions relevant to the recognition task were visual appearance (geometric figures and letters in different graphics fonts), or the spatial location of each stimulus. The irrelevant dimensions were, respectively, the spatial location and visual appearance of the stimuli. The results showed that a change in the irrelevant dimension has a significant effect on recognition of sequences, suggesting that information about object and position are incidentally integrated.

Palavras-chave : short term memory; working memory; recognition; association; attention.

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