2020 applicants

The early development of visual working memory

  • Tue 8 Oct 19

    16:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Prof John P. Spencer

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

The early development of visual working memory

There is a growing need to understand the global impact of poverty on early brain and behavioural development, particularly with regard to key cognitive processes that emerge in early development. One such cognitive process is visual working memory (VWM). VWM is central to daily functioning, maintaining visual information actively in mind and detecting changes in the world when they occur. Here, I report findings from several recent studies examining the early development of VWM in the US, the UK, and India. We are using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to collect neuroimaging data while infants and toddlers complete a Preferential Looking (PL) working memory task, and relating these functional neuroimaging data to a host of other cognitive, social, and environmental factors thought to impact the early development of brain and behaviour.

To be followed by refreshments in the CBS Foyer.