High stakes trigger the use of multiple memories to enhance the control of attention.

@article{Reinhart2014HighST,
  title={High stakes trigger the use of multiple memories to enhance the control of attention.},
  author={Robert M. G. Reinhart and Geoffrey F. Woodman},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2014},
  volume={24 8},
  pages={2022-35}
}
We can more precisely tune attention to highly rewarding objects than other objects in our environment, but how our brains do this is unknown. After a few trials of searching for the same object, subjects' electrical brain activity indicated that they handed off the memory representations used to control attention from working memory to long-term memory. However, when a large reward was possible, the neural signature of working memory returned as subjects recruited working memory to supplement… CONTINUE READING
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