Evolving Concepts of Working Memory

Richardson, John T. E. (1996). Evolving Concepts of Working Memory. In: Richardson, John T. E.; Engle, Randall W.; Hasher, Lynn; Logie, Robert H.; Stoltzfus, Ellen R. and Zacks, Rose T. eds. Working Memory and Human Cognition. Oxford University Press, pp. 3–24.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100990.003.0001

Abstract

This chapter examines the evolution of the concept of working memory. It explains that the expression of working memory was first used in the book Plans and the Structure of Behavior, which is widely acknowledged to be a milestone in the early development of cognitive psychology. The chapter discusses the production-system and associative-network models of working memory, and evaluates the relation between working memory and reading comprehension. It describes multicomponent models of working memory and explores the role of inhibitory processes in working-memory capacity.

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