The Seven Ages of Working Memory

Robert H. Logie

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

The Seven Ages of Working Memory

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This chapter describes each of the seven “ages” or instantiations of working memory, which include the views of working memory as contemplation, as process, and as constraint of language comprehension. It evaluates which view fits best with the voluminous corpus of empirical data that has accumulated on the topic and argues that working memory is best thought of as a number of separate components. The chapter also discusses the idea that working memory acts as a gateway to long-term memory.

Keywords: working memory; contemplation; language comprehension; empirical data; long-term memory

Chapter.  15775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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