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Theories of working memory typically assume that information is maintained via persistent neural activity. By contrast, Lundqvist et al. report that single-trial delay activity is actually 'bursty'; the classic profile of persistent activity is an artefact of trial-wise averaging. Tackling brain-behaviour relationships at the single-trial level is an important future direction for cognitive neuroscience.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.tics.2016.05.008

Type

Journal

Trends Cogn Sci

Publication Date

07/2016

Volume

20

Pages

483 - 486