On the capacity of attention: Its estimation and its role in working memory and cognitive aptitudes

@article{Cowan2005OnTC,
  title={On the capacity of attention: Its estimation and its role in working memory and cognitive aptitudes},
  author={Nelson Cowan and Emily M. Elliott and J Scott Saults and Candice C. Morey and Sam Mattox and Anna Hismjatullina and Andrew R. A. Conway},
  journal={Cognitive Psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={51},
  pages={42-100}
}
Working memory (WM) is the set of mental processes holding limited information in a temporarily accessible state in service of cognition. We provide a theoretical framework to understand the relation between WM and aptitude measures. The WM measures that have yielded high correlations with aptitudes include separate storage-and-processing task components, on the assumption that WM involves both storage and processing. We argue that the critical aspect of successful WM measures is that rehearsal… CONTINUE READING

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