Working memory involves the conscious processing and managing of information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. It has been described as the brain's conductor.
Memory has long been viewed as a key
aspect of learning, but as the emphasis in educational standards has
shifted away from rote memorization and toward the knowledge and skills
needed to process new information, working memory is increasingly taking
There is an explosion of research today
with the aim of understanding how this important function works and how
to enhance it. However, the term working memory was first used more than
50 years ago to describe the role of recall in planning and carrying
In the 1970s and '80s, British
psychologist Alan Baddeley and colleagues developed a model of working
memory that brings together how the brain accepts sensory input,
processes both visual-spatial and verbal data, and accesses long-term
memory; and how all of that input is processed by a function they
referred to as central executive.
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