Evolving Issues in Working Memory

Richardson, John T. E. (1996). Evolving Issues in Working Memory. In: Richardson, John T. E.; Engle, Randall W.; Hasher, Lynn; Logie, Robert H. and Stoltzfus, Ellen R. eds. Working Memory and Human Cognition. Oxford University Press, pp. 120–148.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195100990.003.0005


This chapter summarizes the main issues that have divided researchers in the field of working memory and provides an integrated account of what we have learned about working memory. The main issues of contention include the capacity of working memory, the gateway hypothesis, and the phonological loop. The findings of the study in this book reveal that working memory is a complex system responsible for the temporary storage and processing of information, and that it is structurally and functionally distinct from different forms of permanent or long-term memory.

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