NMP Lecture - Dr. Paul Sauseng - University of Surrey
|Date||9 December 2011|
|Time||14:00 - 15:00|
Dr. Paul Sauseng - University of Surrey
Humans are surprisingly poor in keeping verbal or visual information in memory for a very short period of time. The amount of information which can be stored in short-term memory is strictly limited. In order not to overflow this capacity limited memory store, it is essential to keep only relevant information while at the same time effectively blocking maintenance of distracting information. Here, it will be shown that rhythmical brain activation patterns can be used to separate neural correlates of target encoding and retention versus distracter inhibition in short-term memory. It will be discussed how these brain mechanisms relate to short-term memory capacity; and findings from experiments using non-invasive neurostimulation in order to entrain memory-capacity relevant rhythmical brain activation patterns will be presented.