Working Memory and Human Cognition

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJohn T. E. Richardson, Randall W. Engle, Lynn Hasher

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This new volume in the Counterpoints series compares and contrasts different conceptions of working memory, generally recognized as the mechanism within the human cognitive system that is responsible for the temporary storage and processing of information. This notion has been used in a widevariety of ways, partly because it encapsulates several themes that have appeared in the history of research into human memory and cognition. Consequently, variations in the usage of the term working memory also arise because it is invoked by theorists with different research agendas andperspectives. The book includes contributions from proponents of different views: Robert Logie discusses the existence of three different components that control temporary verbal storage, temporary visuo-spatial storage, and the central coordination of both processing and storage, including theretrieval of information from long-term memory. Ellen Stoltzfus, Lynn Hasher, and Rose Zacks focus on the inhibitory processes that control the entrance of information into working memory and update the contents by deleting information that is no longer relevant to the task at hand. Randall Engleargues that individual differences in working memory are tantamount to differences in the attentional resources needed to retrieve information from memory, and that these lead to differences in the ability to inhibit or suppress irrelevant information. Finally, editor John Richardson identifies thekey issues that have divided researchers in this field and gives an integrated account of what has been discovered about working memory. As interest in working memory is increasing at a rapid pace, an open discussion of the central issues involved is both useful and timely. This work serves thispurpose for cognitive psychologists and their students.

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This new volume in the Counterpoints series compares and contrasts different conceptions of working memory, generally recognized as the mechanism within the human cognitive system that is responsible for the temporary storage and processing of information. This notion has been used in a widevariety of ways, partly because it encapsulat...

John T. E. Richardson is at Brunell College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 0.39 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195101006

ISBN - 13:9780195101003

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Table of Contents

1. John T.E. Richardson: Evolving Concepts of Working Memory2. Robert H. Logie: The Seven Ages of Working Memory3. Ellen R. Stoltzfus, Lynn Hasher, and Rose T. Zacks: Working Memory and Aging: Current Status of the Inhibitory View4. Randall W. Engle: Working Memory and Retrieval: An Inhibition-Resource Approach5. John T.E. Richardson: Evolving Issues in Working Memory

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"The purpose of this book is to compare and contrast the different conceptions of working memory that have evolved over the last 20 years in the field of cognitive psychology. It is a clearly written, concise compilation of five chapters by some of the leading investigators in the area. Itwill prove to be a useful resource to those of us involved in research on the topic." - Christopher Randolph, Journal of International Neuropsychological Society, 2000