The primary goal of working memory is to maintain information from recent past experience to guide future behaviour. Within a prospective coding framework, working memory can be conceptualised as a forward model of expected task demands, rather than a temporary buffer for maintaining previous input. Importantly, a prospective coding model conceptually integrates classic working memory functions with preparatory attention, and perhaps cognitive control more generally. For example, in a standard working memory task, mnemonic delay activity could be equally considered as preparatory activity for task-relevant input. Consequently, content-specific delay activity could provide a basic neurophysiological mechanism for selective attention. Similarly, instruction cues may establish a mnemonic trace that conditions subsequent processing to follow a context-dependent trajectory for higher-level cognitive control. In this talk, I will consider recent data exploring the neural states for holding task relevant information in mind and guiding future behaviour.
|Date||25 April 2014|
|Time||16:00 - 17:00|