Volume 12 Supplement 1
A computational study of visual working memory capacity in the presence of saliency effects
© Dempere-Marco et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Published: 18 July 2011
A severe limitation in visual working memory capacity arises from the constraints that lateral inhibition imposes to the mnemonic activity during the delay period. However, it is also worth noting that a further limitation to working memory capacity derives from the need that the neural assemblies which have received stimulation reach a sufficiently high level of excitation. In particular, in the presence of visual saliency, the neural assemblies that receive stimulation but are not selective to the salient stimulus are less likely to achieve the elevated firing rates required to be subsequently held in memory.
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