Attention and Memory: Mechanisms of Selection and Maintenance

This focussed workshop on the interplay between attention and memory, was held on the 19th and 20th of April, at the British Academy, London. The workshop was generously funded by the Academy and the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) and organised by Duncan Astle. This site contains details of the workshop, those who attended, and the recordings of the talks.


Key note speaker:

Marvin Chun

(Yale University, USA)

Speakers (in order of appearence):

Alan Baddeley
 (University of York)
Glyn Humphreys

(University of Oxford)
Nilli Lavie
(University College London)
Martin Eimer
(Birkbeck, London)
Paul Sauseng
(University of Surrey)
Masud Husain
(University College London)
Nick Yeung
(University of Oxford)
John Duncan
Susan Gathercole
(MRC CBU, Cambridge)
Duncan Astle
(MRC CBU, Cambridge)
Gaia Scerif
(University of Oxford)
Anna (Kia) Nobre
(University of Oxford)
Mark Stokes
(University of Oxford)
Kimron Shapiro
(University of Bangor)
Ilja Sligte
(University of Amsterdam)

Funded by: 

Workshop Aims

As well as being two of the most heavily researched topics in modern cognitive psychology, recent advances have seen many researchers drawing explicit links between attention and memory. This is the case across a wide variety of different research literatures, including areas of cognitive and developmental psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. The workshop focuses on these links, bringing together world-leading researchers to discuss their work across the boundary of attention and memory. Despite these developmental, cognitive and neuroscience literatures seeming relatively disparate, there are a number of common emergent questions: i) Do attentional limits constrain the capacity of short-term / working memory?; ii) Are the capacities of attention and memory constrained by some common resource?; iii) Is the capacity of short-term / working memory fixed, or can it be modulated by the action of top-down attention?; iv) What is the nature of any short-term / working memory capacity limit – is it the emergent property of a flexible resource or an item-based limit?; v) What are the mechanisms by which the content of memory can direct our attention?; and vi) More broadly, what are the neural mechanisms by which this relationship between attention and memory is brought about?

This workshop aims to address questions such as these, and doubtless others too. We aim to seek consensus on recent controversial questions, define future research questions, foster collaboration and inspire early-career researchers, thereby strengthening the future contribution of UK research to these areas

Subpages (2): Day 1 Talks Day 2 Talks