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Variation in Working Memory Due to Normal Development

John N. Towse and Graham J. Hitch

in Variation in Working Memory

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195168648
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168648.003.0005
Variation in Working Memory Due to Normal Development

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This chapter discusses the popular model of working memory outlined by Baddeley and Hitch, and how a family of experimental tasks has been designed to measure the capacity of working memory. The interpretation of the data seeks to provide a synthesis between individual-difference and experimental approaches, issues concerning each approach, and their relationship. Evidence for the importance of making a careful analysis of the temporal dynamics of working memory tasks is provided. The chapter is structured around four questions: overarching theory of working memory; critical sources of working memory variation; consideration of other sources of variation in working memory; and contributions to general working memory theory. The central goal is to develop a more satisfactory and complete account of working memory and its development.

Keywords: working memory; Baddeley; experimental tasks; experimental approaches; temporal dynamics

Chapter.  15682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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