The state of the science of working memory: An introduction

Robert Logie, Valerie Camos, Nelson Cowan

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The last five decades have seen a dramatic expansion of empirical and theoretical diversity in research on the concept of working memory. That diversity is reflected across the other 13 chapters in this book, written by prominent international scientists at the leading edge of that research. Authors were asked to respond to set of common questions regarding their research methods, theoretical assumptions, and how they address evidence that is not consistent with those assumptions. Each chapter starts with a summary of those responses. Chapters 2–6 describe contrasting theoretical perspectives and the evidence associated with each, including empirical, behavioural studies and computational modelling. Chapters 7–9 cover individual differences in working memory, including effects of brain damage and of expertise. Chapters 10–13 explore neural correlates and neurobiological models. Finally, Chapter 14 offers a possible means to integrate the seemingly diverse views in the other chapters by considering different levels of explanation and different participant strategies for performing working memory tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorking Memory
Subtitle of host publicationThe state of the science
EditorsRobert Logie, Valerie Camos, Nelson Cowan
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780198842286
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • working memory
  • theoretical diversity
  • research methods
  • history of working memory
  • empirical diversity
  • long-term memory


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