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Single-cell activity was recorded in the inferotemporal cortex of mon-keys performing a task that requires perception and temporary retention of colored stimuli. Many cells reacted differentially to the stimuli. By changing the relevance of certain features ofcompound stimuli, it was found that the reactions ofsome cells to color depend critically on whether or not the task demands that the animal pay attention to color. A substantial number ofcells showed color-dependent differences in frequency of discharge duri,ng the retention periods of the task. The temporal characteristics ofdifferential discharge and its dissolution when memory is no longer required indicate that the cells that display it are involved in retaining visual information.