Working memory bridges perception to action over extended delays, enabling flexible goal-directed behaviour. To date, studies of visual working memory–concerned with detailed visual representations such as shape and colour–have considered visual memory predominantly in the context of visual task demands, such as visual identification and search. Another key purpose of visual working memory is to directly inform and guide upcoming actions. Taking this as a starting point, I review emerging evidence for the pervasive bi-directional links between visual working memory and (planned) action, and discuss these links from the perspective of their common goal of enabling flexible and precise behaviour.
- Working memory