What ERPs Can Tell Us about Working Memory

Veronica B. Perez and Edward K. Vogel

in The Oxford Handbook of Event-Related Potential Components

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195374148
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

What ERPs Can Tell Us about Working Memory

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Our ability to perform a broad range of everyday cognitive tasks is thought to depend heavily upon the operation of the working memory system, which allows us to temporarily store information in the mind so that it may be manipulated or acted upon. Many cognitive processes that require information to be held in an online state are thought to utilize this memory system as a form of “mental workspace” to perform their requisite operations. This chapter discusses the definition of working memory, measuring visual working memory (VWM), event-related potential (ERP) studies of working memory, contralateral delay activity (CDA), and using the CDA to examine working memory.

Keywords: working memory; visual working memory; event-related potentials; contralateral delay activity

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience

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