Working memory capacity as a moderator of load-related frontal midline theta variability in Sternberg task
Marta Zakrzewska , Aneta Brzezicka
AbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between working memory capacity (WMC) and frontal theta response to memory load in Sternberg task. We show that oscillatory activity in the theta band (4–6 Hz) related to Sternberg task performance may differentiate people characterized by high and low WMC. Specifically, there is a linear increase of frontal midline (FM) theta power with load, however, only in the high WMC group. Furthermore, a positive linear relationship was found betweenWMC (operation span task score) and average FM theta power increase from lower to higher loads which was not present at other scalp locations. The distinct patterns of high and lowWMC individual’s FM theta response to memory load seem to support the assumption that theta activity during maintenance reflects not only the amount of information stored, but also the effort it takes to remember them and the efficiency of involved neural processes. This contributes to perceiving FM theta as an individual trait which can reflect individual working memory mechanism efficiency.
|Journal series||Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, ISSN 1662-5161, (A 35 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||frontal midline theta, EEG, working memory capacity, neural efficiency, individual differences|
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|Publication indicators||: 2014 = 0.942; : 2014 = 3.626 (2) - 2014=4.086 (5)|
|Citation count*||50 (2021-04-09)|
|Dorobek Naukowy - Preview URL||http://dn.swps.edu.pl/Podglad.aspx?WpisID=16903|
|Dorobek Naukowy - Approve URL||http://dn.swps.edu.pl/Biuro/ZatwierdzanieWpisu.aspx?WpisID=16903|
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