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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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The ins and outs of working memory

The ins and outs of working memory

Dynamic processes associated with focus switching and search

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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Working Memory

Paul Verhaeghen

John Cerella

Chandramallika Basak

Kara Bopp

Yanmin Zhang

William J. Hoyer

Oxford University Press

This chapter points to evidence from task-switching paradigms that a single flexible attentional resource may place limitations on working memory capacity. This limitation may vary up to a maximum of four chunks of information with sufficient practice on the task. It concludes by suggesting that the task-switching elements of the working memory span task may offer additional insight into the precise characteristics of this limited resource.

Keywords:   working memory capacity, focus switching, task switching

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