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AISB event Bulletin Item

WHITEHEAD LECTURE: "Automatic guidance of attention from working memory", Wed 23rd March, Goldsmith's College - Soto.pdf

7th Whitehead lecture of Spring term 2011 by David Soto, Lecturer, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, at 4pm in the Ben Pimlott lecture theatre at Goldsmiths College

Automatic guidance of attention from working memory - David Soto 

ABSTRACT: I will talk about recent research showing interactions between the process of keeping 
information 'online' in working memory, and the attention processes that select relevant
information for action. I will show how human visual attention in health and disease can be 
strongly influenced by whether or not the stimuli in the scene match the current contents of 
working memory. Attentional guidance from the contents of working memory occurs automatically, 
even when it is detrimental to performance; new behavioral data suggest that working memory 
guidance can arise even when the working memory content is not consciously seen. I will also 
present data from ongoing functional brain imaging projects delineating the distinct neural
mechanisms supporting guidance of attention from working memory and from implicit memory.

BRIEF BIO: Born in A Coruna (Spain), licenciado in Psychology, and PhD in Experimental Psychology
from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the 
Behavioral Brain Sciences Centre in Birmingham UK, visiting fellow at Harvard Medical School and
then a research fellow of the British Academy at the Centre for Neuroscience at Imperial College 
London. Now he is a Lecturer at Imperial funded by a New Investigator Grant from the Medical 
Research Council. His main research interests revolve around the interplay between memory and 
attention in health and disease.

Dr. J.M. Bishop,
- Professor of Cognitive Computing,
- Chair, Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), 
Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK,
SE14 6NW