Incorporating semantics and individual differences in models of working memory

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (6):742-742 (2003)

Abstract

Ruchkin et al.'s view of working memory as activated long-term memory is more compatible with language processing than models such as Baddeley's, but it raises questions about individual differences in working memory and the validity of domain-general capacity estimates. Does it make sense to refer to someone as having low working memory capacity if capacity depends on particular knowledge structures tapped by the task?

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