Evolving Concepts of Working Memory

John T.E. Richardson

in Working Memory and Human Cognition

Published in print July 1996 | ISBN: 9780195100990
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199846849 | DOI:

Series: Counterpoints: Cognition, Memory, and Language

Evolving Concepts of Working Memory

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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.

Keywords: working memory; Structure of Behavior; cognitive psychology; production-system model; associative-network model; reading comprehension; multicomponent models; inhibitory processes; working-memory capacity

Chapter.  12806 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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