Working Memory and Retrieval: An Inhibition-Resource Approach

Randall W. Engle

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

Working Memory and Retrieval: An Inhibition-Resource Approach

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This chapter examines an inhibition-resource approach in the analysis of working memory and information retrieval. It considers issues relevant in explaining individual difference in working-memory capacity and explains the underlying principle behind an inhibition-resource hypothesis of working-memory capacity. The chapter proposes a set of ideas called the General Capacity Theory to specify the mechanisms that mediate the relationship between working-memory capacity and higher-level cognitive tasks.

Keywords: working memory; information retrieval; inhibition-resource approach; working-memory capacity; General Capacity Theory; cognitive tasks

Chapter.  11948 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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