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Curr Opin Behav Sci. 2017 Oct;17:20-26. doi: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.05.023.

Short-term memory for spatial, sequential and duration information.

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Dept Experimental Psychology and Nuffield Dept of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Dept of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.


Space and time appear to play key roles in the way that information is organized in short-term memory (STM). Some argue that they are crucial contexts within which other stored features are embedded, allowing binding of information that belongs together within STM. Here we review recent behavioral, neurophysiological and imaging studies that have sought to investigate the nature of spatial, sequential and duration representations in STM, and how these might break down in disease. Findings from these studies point to an important role of the hippocampus and other medial temporal lobe structures in aspects of STM, challenging conventional accounts of involvement of these regions in only long-term memory.

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