Variation in Working Memory: An Introduction Chapter uri icon



  • AbstractThis chapter discusses the ability to mentally maintain information in an active and readily accessible state, while concurrently and selectively processing new information. This is one of the greatest accomplishments of the human mind. It makes possible planning, reasoning, problem solving, reading, and abstraction. Of course, some minds accomplish these goals with more success than do others. Working memory (WM) is the term cognitive psychologists use to describe the ability to simultaneously maintain and process goal-relevant information. WM is a system with multiple components and which carries out several important cognitive functions. The chapter begins with a brief historical overview of WM research, paying close attention to the role played by variation research. It highlights the importance of combining the experimental and differential disciplines in psychology and the benefits of converging operations.

publication date

  • March 13, 2008

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • June 16, 2023 12:53 PM

Full Editor List

  • Conway ARA; Jarrold C; Kane MJ; Miyake A; Towse JN

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  • 0

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International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 10

  • 019516864X

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 3

end page

  • 18