Memory-guided attention: control from multiple memory systems

Trends Cogn Sci. 2012 Dec;16(12):576-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.10.003. Epub 2012 Nov 8.


Attention is strongly influenced by both external stimuli and internal goals. However, this useful dichotomy does not readily capture the ubiquitous and often automatic contribution of past experience stored in memory. We review recent evidence about how multiple memory systems control attention, consider how such interactions are manifested in the brain, and highlight how this framework for 'memory-guided attention' might help systematize previous findings and guide future research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Memory / physiology*