What makes working memory spans so predictive of high-level cognition?

@article{Lpine2005WhatMW,
  title={What makes working memory spans so predictive of high-level cognition?},
  author={Rapha{\"e}lle L{\'e}pine and Pierre Barrouillet and Val{\'e}rie Camos},
  journal={Psychonomic bulletin & review},
  year={2005},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={165-70}
}
Working memory (WM) span tasks involving a complex activity performed concurrently with item retention have proven to be good predictors of high-level cognitive performance. The present study demonstrates that replacing these complex self-paced activities with simpler but computer-paced processes, such as reading successive letters, yields more predictive WM span measures. This finding suggests that WM span tasks evaluate a fundamental capacity that underpins complex as well as elementary… CONTINUE READING

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