Are there multiple visual short-term memory stores?

Ilja G Sligte, H Steven Scholte, Victor A F Lamme

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Classic work on visual short-term memory (VSTM) suggests that people store a limited amount of items for subsequent report. However, when human observers are cued to shift attention to one item in VSTM during retention, it seems as if there is a much larger representation, which keeps additional items in a more fragile VSTM store. Thus far, it is not clear whether the capacity of this fragile VSTM store indeed exceeds the traditional capacity limits of VSTM. The current experiments address this issue and explore the capacity, stability, and duration of fragile VSTM representations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1699
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Afterimage
  • Cues
  • Humans
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Retina
  • Time Factors
  • Visual Perception


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