Models of Working Memory: Mechanisms of Active Maintenance and Executive Control
Working memory is currently a "hot" topic in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Because of their radically different scopes and emphases, however, comparing different models and theories and understanding how they relate to one another has been a difficult task. This work offers a much-needed forum for systematically comparing and contrasting existing models of working memory. It does so by asking each contributor to address the same comprehensive set of important theoretical questions on working memory. The answers to these questions elucidate the emerging general consensus on the nature of working memory among different theorists and clarify incompatible theoretical claims that must be resolved in future research. As such, this volume serves not only as a milestone that documents the state of the art in the field, but also as a theoretical guidebook that will promote new lines of research and more precise and comprehensive models of working memory.
Extensive review of many topics on Working Memory
By "joojo-banana" - February 12, 2000
This book presents a clear and friendly overview of the Working Memory (WM) field, but is by no way simplistic in its form. The reader will learn a lot about the system/process(es) debate, about the implication of WM in cognitive tasks, an so on. Contributors, as well as editors, are top level researchers in the domain.MUST be kown by any scientist working on the topic.
Essential reading for those seriously interested in working memory
By MEM - September 15, 2005
If you are a layperson who wants to learn more about the topic of 'human memory', this is not the book for you (as evidenced by one of the earlier reviews). However, if you are a scientist, educator or serious student who wishes to know more about the concept of working memory, this book is essential reading. The editors have done an excellent job in identifying the 8 most important issues/questions in the field and then asking the authors of the 10 most influential models to attempt to answer these questions using their model. This lets the reader see the different strengths and weaknesses of the different models (in their authors' own words) and their commonalities and differences. The editors then are kind enough to summarize the major issues on which there is consensus, what remains to be debated and useful future directions for research. There is no ultimate conclusion as there is still much work to be done.
In a nutshell, students if you want to know about working... read more
Excellent Achievement, not Failed Attempt
By Heather Motsinger - September 16, 2007
A few clarifications to correct some of the misapprehensions in previous reviews: (1) "There are many different scientific models of how human memory works." Actually, this book concerns a small subset of these models - those based on theories of working memory that have arisen within cognitive and neurocognitive psychology in the past 3 or 4 decades. Ironically, these do not concern themselves so much with how memory works. Indeed, WM theorists emphasize that working memory it is not for memorizing , per say, and in a sense, the memory aspect of WM is somewhat peripheral to the topic. Rather WM is closely, perhaps inextricably tied to complex cognitive activities involving problem solving and reasoning, language processing, visuo-spatial thinking and decision making. (2) The "hope" of the book's EDITORS was not to "guide the reader to the next level of enlightenment". The readers for whom this book was written are serious students of and fellow researchers within the WM... read more