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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 estimates of working memory capacity tell us?

What do estimates of working memory capacity tell us?

(p.43) 3 What do estimates of working memory capacity tell us?
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory

Nelson Cowan

Candice C. Morey

Zhijian Chen

Michael Bunting

Oxford University Press

Working memory can be viewed as the collection of mental processes that preserve a limited amount of information in an especially accessible form, long enough for it to be of use in ongoing cognitive tasks. This chapter emphasises that working memory represents more than just general efficiency of information processing and is closely linked to the capacity of single, limited capacity attentional resource. It also demonstrates how working memory capacity differences may be assessed without the need for tasks that have two major components, processing and storage.

Keywords:   working memory, information processing, attentional resource, cognitive tasks

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