Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Retention of order and the binding of verbal and spatial information in short-term memory: Constraints for proceduralist accounts

Murray T. Maybery a1, Fabrice B. R. Parmentier a2 and Peter J. Clissa a1
a1 School of Psychology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia [email protected] [email protected]
a2 School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, United Kingdom [email protected]


Consistent with Ruchkin and colleagues' proceduralist account, recent research on grouping and verbal-spatial binding in immediate memory shows continuity across short- and long-term retention, and activation of classes of information extending beyond those typically allowed in modular models. However, Ruchkin et al.'s account lacks well-specified mechanisms for the retention of serial order, binding, and the control of activation through attention.