How verbal memory loads consume attention.

  title={How verbal memory loads consume attention.},
  author={Zhijian Chen and Nelson Cowan},
  journal={Memory & cognition},
  volume={37 6},
According to a traditional assumption about working memory, participants retain a series of verbal items for immediate recall using covert verbal rehearsal, without much need for attention. We reassessed this assumption by imposing a speeded, nonverbal choice reaction time (CRT) task following the presentation of each digit in a list to be recalled. When the memory load surpassed a few items, performance on the speeded CRT task became increasingly impaired. This CRT task impairment depended… CONTINUE READING
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