New model to show how working memory ... works
Important for reasoning, learning and comprehension, working memory (WM) is a short-term limited capacity store. Without it, remembering information for a brief period would be impossible. Examples of WM include holding in mind a person’s address while listening to instructions about how to get there or remembering and responding to information that was relayed during a conversation. What is not well known is how primates can use their WM in a generalised way and control what they think about. The EU-funded Hot-Coal WM project will shed light on these cognitive functions by applying a model that relies on a novel computational principle – specifically, that spatial location of information is controlled by excitatory bursts to support cognition.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
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