Fragile visual short-term memory is an object-based and location-specific store

Yaïr Pinto, Ilja G Sligte, Kimron L Shapiro, Victor A F Lamme

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Fragile visual short-term memory (FM) is a recently discovered form of visual short-term memory. Evidence suggests that it provides rich and high-capacity storage, like iconic memory, yet it exists, without interference, almost as long as visual working memory. In the present study, we sought to unveil the functional underpinnings of this memory storage. We found that FM is only completely erased when the new visual scene appears at the same location and consists of the same objects as the to-be-recalled information. This result has two important implications: First, it shows that FM is an object- and location-specific store, and second, it suggests that FM might be used in everyday life when the presentation of visual information is appropriately designed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-9
Number of pages8
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin & Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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