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The Predictive Brain Must Have a Limitation in Short-Term Memory Capacity

Trapp, S; Parr, T; Friston, K; Schröger, E; (2021) The Predictive Brain Must Have a Limitation in Short-Term Memory Capacity. Current Directions in Psychological Science 10.1177/09637214211029977. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Traditionally, short-term memory (STM) has been assessed by asking participants to remember words, visual objects, or numbers for a short amount of time before their recall or recognition of those items is tested. However, this focus on memory for past sensory input might have obscured potential theoretical insights into the function of this cognitive faculty. Here, we suggest that STM may have an important role in predicting future sensory input. This reconceptualization of STM may provide a functional explanation for its capacity limitation.

Type: Article
Title: The Predictive Brain Must Have a Limitation in Short-Term Memory Capacity
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/09637214211029977
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/09637214211029977
Language: English
Additional information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: uncertainty, top-down processes, sequence, surprise, future
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10134435
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