Color Binding in Visuo-Spatial Working Memory

  • Luca Simione
  • Antonino Raffone
  • Gisella Micciantuono
  • Marta Olivetti Belardinelli
  • Cees van Leeuwen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6222)


Visuo-spatial working memory (VSWM) is characterized by a limited storage capacity. An important issue of vision and memory research is whether VSWM stores integrated objects or features. Following Luck and Vogel’ (1997), we investigated VSWM for color-color conjunctions. We used a single probe at test to minimize configuration-related effects on performance, and two baselines with storage of single-feature (color) objects. We found that performance with color conjunctions (binding) was even lower than in the condition in which the same amount of features was presented at different object locations. Neural network simulations show that our experimental evidence can be transparently explained in terms of local processing limitations, co-existing with global processing and VSWM storage limitations. Behavioral predictions are put forth.


Visuo-spatial working memory binding neural networks storage capacity processing capacity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Simione
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Antonino Raffone
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gisella Micciantuono
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marta Olivetti Belardinelli
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cees van Leeuwen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology‘Sapienza” University of RomeItaly
  2. 2.ECONA (Interuniversity Center for Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems)RomeItaly
  3. 3.Laboratory for Perceptual DynamicsBSI RIKENJapan

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