Getting value out of your working memory

Strategic prioritisation and implications for memory and attention

  • Tue 19 Jan 21

    14:00 - 15:00

  • Online

    Zoom (email for link)

  • Event speaker

    Dr Richard Allen

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychology, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Matteo Lisi

How does working memory depends on attention, and how can attention be optimised to improve memory performance? Find out more from Dr Richard Allen.

Working memory is typically defined in terms of its limited temporal and informational capacity, with forgetting owing to overloading of capacity, interference, and failures of attentional control.

As such, it is useful to focus these limited resources on encoding, holding, and retrieving information as efficiently as possible to optimise task performance. One way of achieving this is to strategically focus attention on a subset of material that remains within capacity, rather than attempting to encode all information that is encountered and risk overwhelming available cognitive resources. Such an approach is particularly useful if material of greater value, importance, or goal-relevance is prioritised.

This talk will review recent experimental work designed to harness these processes across different methodologies and populations, with implications for working memory and attention, and how performance might be optimised.


Dr. Richard Allen is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds

How to attend

This seminar will be held on Zoom. To receive a Zoom link please email Dr Giulia Poerio (g.poerio@essex.ac.uk) or Dr Matteo Lisi (m.lisi@essex.ac.uk) with the date and title of the seminar you wish to attention.

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