Working memory

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It is suggested that working memory comprises a system for the temporary storage and manipulation of information, forming an important link between perception and controlled action. Evidence is presented for a three-component model, comprising an attentional control system, the central executive, and two subsidiary slave systems. One of these the, the visuo-spatial sketch pad holds and manipulates spatial information, while the other, the phonological loop performs a similar function for auditory and speech-based information. Evidence is presented for the view that the phonological loop has evolved as a mechanism to facilitate the acquisition of language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-73
Number of pages7
JournalComptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Animals
  • Brain
  • Humans
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Space Perception
  • Visual Perception

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