Working memory and the guidance of visual attention: consonance-driven orienting.

@article{Huang2007WorkingMA,
  title={Working memory and the guidance of visual attention: consonance-driven orienting.},
  author={Liqiang Huang and Harold Pashler},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2007},
  volume={14 1},
  pages={148-53}
}
Two experiments investigated the potential role of the content of working memory in guiding visual attention. Experiment 1 showed that maintaining a shape in working memory resulted in a decisive preference for moving attention to the same shape in the background when those shapes were task irrelevant. Experiment 2 showed a similar preference for words that were semantically related to an item held in working memory. We suggest that keeping an item active in working memory automatically results… CONTINUE READING

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