Models of Working Memory: Mechanisms of Active Maintenance and Executive Control

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1999 - Computers - 506 pages
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Working memory is currently a "hot" topic in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Because of their radically different scopes and emphases, however, comparing different models and theories and understanding how they relate to one another has been a difficult task. This work offers a much-needed forum for systematically comparing and contrasting existing models of working memory. It does so by asking each contributor to address the same comprehensive set of important theoretical questions on working memory. The answers to these questions elucidate the emerging general consensus on the nature of working memory among different theorists and clarify incompatible theoretical claims that must be resolved in future research. As such, this volume serves not only as a milestone that documents the state of the art in the field, but also as a theoretical guidebook that will promote new lines of research and more precise and comprehensive models of working memory.

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Priti Shah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has published in the areas of spatial thinking, graphical display comprehension and working memory in such journals as Memory & Cognition, the Journal of Educational Psychology and Science Education.

Akira Miyake is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Science. He has published in the areas of working memory, executive functions, language comprehension and spatial thinking in such journals as Cognitive Psychology and Journal of Memory and Language.

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