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Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

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The Order of Information Transfer into Short- Term Memory from Visual Pathways with Different Spatial-Frequency Tunings 57

Alekseeva D.S.
MA in Psychology, Postgraduate Student at the Department of Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia

Babenko V.V.
Doctor of Biology, Professor at the Department of Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia

Yavna D.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associcate Professor at the Department of Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, Southern Federal University, Rostov-na-Donu, Russia

Visual perceptual representations are formed from the results of processing the input image in parallel pathways with different spatial-frequency tunings. It is known that these representations are created gradually, starting from low spatial frequencies. However, the order of information transfer from the perceptual representation to short-term memory has not yet been determined. The purpose of our study is to determine the principle of entering information of different spatial frequencies in the short-term memory. We used the task of unfamiliar faces matching. Digitized photographs of faces were filtered by six filters with a frequency tuning step of 1 octave. These filters reproduced the spatial-frequency characteristics of the human visual pathways. In the experiment, the target face was shown first. Its duration was variable and limited by a mask. Then four test faces were presented. Their presentation was not limited in time. The observer had to determine the face that corresponds to the target one. The dependence of the accuracy of the solution of the task on the target face duration for different ranges of spatial frequencies was determined. When the target stimuli were unfiltered (broadband) faces, the filtered faces were the test ones, and vice versa. It was found that the short-term memory gets information about an unfamiliar face in a certain order, starting from the medium spatial frequencies, and this sequence does not depend on the processing method (holistic or featural).

Keywords: face, spatial frequency, sequence, short-term memory

Column: Cognitive Psychology


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This work was supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (project № 25.3336.2017/Project Part).

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