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Memory and Attention

Currently we are conducting research examining attention and working memory (or short-term memory) in adults.  This allows us to identify the key aspects of performance that change from infancy through adulthood.  Incredibly, early results on our “biased competition” task suggests that adults and 10-month-olds are nearly indistinguishable! That is, infants and adults who are able to remember this image after only 1/2 second of exposure:

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Have qualitatively different eye movements in response to images like this:

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This suggests that remembing things from moment to moment, and quickly moving your eyes are linked. Using tasks like this, we can make inferences about development and connectivity in the brain, even before babies can talk!

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