Working Memory

jste jste at loc.gov
Mon Jun 12 11:27:37 EST 2000

Encyclopædia Britannica
Memory is one of the most widely studied cognitive functions, and a number
of different aspects of memory are recognized. The labels short-term memory,
primary memory, and working memory refer to the temporary storage of
information that is necessary for the performance of many cognitive tasks.
In order to understand this sentence, for example, a reader must maintain
the first half of the sentence in working memory while reading the second
half. This working memory has been graphically described as the memory one
uses to hold a telephone number in mind after looking it up in a directory
and while dialing. The capacity of working memory is limited, and it decays
if not rehearsed.

Simple but adequate I think

"John H." <johnhkm at netsprintXXXX.net.au> wrote in message
news:8i2d8p$bck$1 at news1.wire.net.au...
> [[12/06/00 15:37
> I have been reading a bit about working memory lately but I still haven't
> found a formal definition of the same. From what I can gather working
> is defined as the ability to hold a number of elements simultaneously as
> elements for attention. I wonder about this simultaneous bit, but can
> help me here? Is working memory solely regarded as that which can be held
> 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

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