Within each of us, we possess one of the most efficient information processors in existence – our mind, powered by our brain. Our mind is capable of many processes from selecting goal-related information from irrelevant surrounding information, to representing and manipulating the selected material, and even storing and retrieving the information for use later in time.
However, we know from personal experience that we are not a flawless system. Our mind is far from perfect. Sometimes, we find ourselves attracted to and dwelling on irrelevant information even in the face of important, actually relevant tasks and material. Other times, we have difficulty remembering information no matter how hard we try!
Why is this the case? Why does our mind perform sub-optimally at times, and how can we improve it to optimize our processing capabilities? Through our ongoing research, our lab continually seeks to ground every study in two guiding principles. Firstly, to read the mind by understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms behind our information processing abilities, and secondly to lead the mind by optimizing our performance using techniques derived from the knowledge of these underlying mechanisms.
The Fukuda Lab primarily uses two neuroscience techniques that complement one another – electrophysiological recordings and an individual differences approach.
Visual Working Memory (VWM)
Visual working memory provides the basis for our ability to process large amounts of visual information.
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