Is visual short-term memory depthful?

Adam Reeves, Quan Lei

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Does visual short-term memory (VSTM) depend on depth, as it might be if information was stored in more than one depth layer? Depth is critical in natural viewing and might be expected to affect retention, but whether this is so is currently unknown. Cued partial reports of letter arrays (Sperling, 1960) were measured up to 700. ms after display termination. Adding stereoscopic depth hardly affected VSTM capacity or decay inferred from total errors. The pattern of transposition errors (letters reported from an uncued row) was almost independent of depth and cue delay. We conclude that VSTM is effectively two-dimensional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-112
Number of pages7
JournalVision Research
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014


  • Depth
  • Iconic memory
  • Partial report
  • Visual short-term memory

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