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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working
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Naoyuki Osaka, Robert H. Logie, and Mark D'Esposito

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198570394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570394.001.0001

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What do working memory span tasks like reading span really measure?

What do working memory span tasks like reading span really measure?

(p.21) 2 What do working memory span tasks like reading span really measure?
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory

Meredyth Daneman

Brenda Hannon

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the very substantial evidence base for working memory capacity reflecting a core cognitive ability that differs between individuals, and offers a set of measures with high internal reliability and which account for substantial amounts of individual variance in a wide range of other cognitive abilities, most notably language comprehension. It concludes that the key aspects of language comprehension predicted by working memory measures involve remembering new text, retrieval from long-term memory, making inferences and integrating knowledge.

Keywords:   working memory, remembering, language comprehension, reading span, long-term memory

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