Working Memory

c_thomas_wild at c_thomas_wild at
Wed Jul 19 10:48:29 EST 2000

Working Memory:

In article <RcFROa5MXnVpovJOcD7BmtoOftjs at>,
  Jac at wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Jun 2000 20:17:51 +1000, "John H."
> <johnhkm at> wrote:
> >[[12/06/00 15:37
> >
> >I have been reading a bit about working memory lately but I still
> >found a formal definition of the same. From what I can gather
working memory
> >is defined as the ability to hold a number of elements
simultaneously as
> >elements for attention. I wonder about this simultaneous bit, but
can anyone
> >help me here? Is working memory solely regarded as that which can be
> >simultaneously, or does the concept allow consideration for
movements into
> >and our working memory over given time spans?
> >
> >Does a formal definition exist? If so, where can I find it?
> >
> >John H.
> >Remove 4x
> Just to offer a different (different from Danahoe & Palmer) point of
> view for those readers who want to stay within todays popular field of
> theoretical cognitive research, Baddeley & Hitch's tripartite Working
> Memory model (start with : Baddeley, 1986) offers a theoretical
> cognitive framework to methodologically support and discuss applied
> user-system research on multimodality. This Working Memory model does
> have a "central executive" to *co-ordinate* (a) the activity of a
> phonological loop and (b) the handling of visio-spatial information.
> For example, to drive a car, and simultaneously use a mobile phone,
> will influence the controlling attential mechanism ("central
> executive"), and probably increase the total number of accidents.
> Jac.
> jac.oppers at (replaces jac at
> j.m.a.m.oppers@(hccnet|hetnet|chello).nl

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