Working memory

Working memory is the active and robust retention of multiple bits of information over the time-scale of a few seconds. It is distinguished from short-term memory by the involvement of executive or attentional control that makes the information flexible yet resistant to interference.

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  • News and Views |

    Noninvasive delivery of alternating electrical currents to temporal and prefrontal brain regions improves working memory and reverses age-related changes in brain dynamics in the elderly, report Reinhart and Nguyen in this issue of Nature Neuroscience. They also report a similar effect in young adults with poor working memory performance.

    • Romain Quentin
    •  & Leonardo G. Cohen
    Nature Neuroscience 22, 686-688
  • News and Views |

    Can the eye movements we make when there is nothing to look at shed light on our cognitive processes? A new study shows that tiny gaze shifts reveal people’s attended locations in memorized—rather than visual—space. The discovery indicates that the oculomotor system is engaged in the focusing of attention within the internal space of memory.

    • Susana Martinez-Conde
    •  & Robert G. Alexander
  • Research Highlights |

    Two molecularly and functionally distinct populations of pyramidal cells in the hippocampal subiculum are characterized

    • Katherine Whalley
  • News and Views |

    Keeping a picture in mind requires many brain cells to actively communicate ... or does it? There might be more to working memory than neuronal chatter, and silent processes could be hiding right beneath the surface.

    • Rosanne L Rademaker
    •  & John T Serences
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 767-769