Changing concepts of working memory

Wei Ji Ma, Masud Husain, Paul M. Bays

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Abstract

Working memory is widely considered to be limited in capacity, holding a fixed, small number of items, such as Miller's 'magical number' seven or Cowan's four. It has recently been proposed that working memory might better be conceptualized as a limited resource that is distributed flexibly among all items to be maintained in memory. According to this view, the quality rather than the quantity of working memory representations determines performance. Here we consider behavioral and emerging neural evidence for this proposal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-356
Number of pages10
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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