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
a2 School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL4 8AA, United Kingdom


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.