Michael D. Patterson
Assistant Professor
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+65 6316 8935

Primary Area of Focus:
Cognitive Psychology/Neuroscience

Research Summary:
My research concerns the behavioral and neural substrates of working memory. In particular, I am interested in how humans are able to overcome the severe constraints of working memory capacity limitations. Several projects are currently exploring this issue.

For visual working memory, rather than remembering every individual detail of a visual scene, humans may remember global-, or object-based information.

Another way to reduce working memory demand, is by automating some processes so they no longer require conscious control.

Thirdly, activating long-term memory representations may reduce working memory demands.

Ph.D. Psychology (2004). Rutgers University, Newark Campus.
M.S. Behavioral Neuroscience (1999). Rutgers University, Newark Campus.
B.S. Cognitive Science (1995). University of California at San Diego
B.A. French Literature (1995). University of California at San Diego

Academic Profile:

Selected Publications:

Patterson, Michael D., & Yang, Shanshan. (2012). The effect of retrocues depends on the response mode: the influence of visual pathways. Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society.

Oei, Adam & Patterson, Michael D. (2012). The effects of video game play on visual cognition: a multiple game training study. Vision Science Society, Journal of Vision.

Patterson, Michael D., & Low, WanTing. (2011). Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society: Interrupting stories with free-recall tests reduces retention of subsequent events. (pp. 22)Seattle, Washington,USA: Psychonomic Society.

Patterson, Michael D., Tan, Angeline, Low Wan Ting. (2011). The Proceedings of the 12th European Congress of Psychology: The Effect of Decision Making during Interactive Stories. The 12th European Congress of Psychology (pp. 383)Istanbul, Turkey: European Congress of Psychology.

Patterson, Michael D., Low, WanTing. (2011). Using color cues to probe the influence of grouping in visual working memory for spatial locations. Proceedings of the Vision Science Society 11th Annual Meeting.

Patterson, Michael D., Low WanTing. (2010). The effect of Semantic and Phonological Similarity on Long-term and Working Memory for Paired-Associates. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (p. 46) St. Louis, Missouri, USA: Psychonomic Society.

Patterson, Michael D., Chin, Yammie S., Ng Hui Qi, & Low Wan Ting. (2010). The Effect of Decision Making on Eyewitness Memory. Multidisciplinary Decision Science Symposium (p. 11), Singapore, Singapore.

Patterson, Michael D., & Low Wan Ting (2010). Strategic Control of Visual Working Memory for Global and Local Features. Journal of Vision10(7): 771; doi:10.1167/10.7.77.

Patterson, Michael D. (2009). Semantic and Phonological Effects on Working Memory for Binding Information Between Paired-associates. Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society (p. 90), Boston, November, 2009.