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Variation in Working Memory

Andrew Conway, Chris Jarrold, Michael Kane, Akira Miyake, and John Towse


Working memory — the ability to keep important information in mind while comprehending, thinking, and acting — varies considerably from person to person and changes dramatically during each person's life. Understanding such individual and developmental differences is crucial because working memory is a major contributor to general intellectual functioning. This volume offers an understanding variation in working memory by presenting comparisons of the leading theories. It incorporates views from the different research groups that operate on each side of the Atlantic, and covers working-memory ... More

Keywords: working memory, working-memory research, healthy adults, children, learning difficulties, older adults, neurological disorders

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Conway, editor
University of Princeton

Chris Jarrold, editor
Fylde College, Bristol University

Michael Kane, editor
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Variation in Working Memory

1 Variation in Working Memory: An Introduction

Andrew R. A. Conway, Christopher Jarrold, Michael J. Kane, Akira Miyake, and John N. Towse

I Working Memory Variation Reflecting Normal Inter- and Intra-individual Differences

2 Variation in Working Memory Capacity as Variation in Executive Attention and Control

Michael J. Kane, Andrew R. A. Conway, David Z. Hambrick, and Randall W. Engle

3 Individual Differences in Working Memory Capacity and Reasoning Ability

Klaus Oberauer, Heinz-Martin Süß, Oliver Wilhelm, and Nicolas Sander

II Working Memory Variation Due to Normal and Atypical Development

5 Variation in Working Memory Due to Normal Development

John N. Towse, and Graham J. Hitch

7 Developmental and Computational Approaches to Variation in Working Memory

Yuko Munakata, J. Bruce Morton, and Randall C. O'Reilly

8 Variation in Working Memory across the Life Span

Sandra Hale, Joel Myerson, Lisa J. Emery, Bonnie M. Lawrence, and Carolyn Dufault

III Working Memory Variation Due to Normal and Pathological Aging

9 Inhibitory Mechanisms and the Control of Attention

Lynn Hasher, Cindy Lustig, and Rose Zacks

11 Specialized Verbal Working Memory for Language Comprehension

David Caplan, Gloria Waters, and Gayle Dede