publication . Other literature type . Article . 2012 . Embargo end date: 01 Jan 2012

Attention to information in working memory

Klaus Oberauer; Laura Hein;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: Sage Publications
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Working memory retains information and makes it available for processing. People often need to hold several chunks of information available while concentrating on only one of them. This process requires selective attention to the contents of working memory. In this article, we summarize evidence for both a broad focus of attention with a capacity of approximately four chunks and a narrow focus of attention that selects a single chunk at a time.
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free text keywords: Institute of Psychology, 150 Psychology, Working memory, Information processing theory, Psychology, Short-term memory, Cognitive psychology, Selective attention
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