Visual search remains efficient when visual working memory is full.

@article{Woodman2001VisualSR,
  title={Visual search remains efficient when visual working memory is full.},
  author={Geoffrey F. Woodman and Edward K. Vogel and Steven J. Luck},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2001},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={219-24}
}
Many theories of attention have proposed that visual working memory plays an important role in visual search tasks. The present study examined the involvement of visual working memory in search using a dual-task paradigm in which participants performed a visual search task while maintaining no, two, or four objects in visual working memory. The presence of a working memory load added a constant delay to the visual search reaction times, irrespective of the number of items in the visual search… CONTINUE READING
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