Chapter 3. Working Memory

  1. Frederick L. Coolidge and
  2. Thomas Wynn

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch3

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking

How to Cite

Coolidge, F. L. and Wynn, T. (2009) Working Memory, in The Rise of The Evolution of Modern Thinking, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308297.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405152532

Online ISBN: 9781444308297



  • working mind;
  • working memory capacity enhancement empowering appearance of modern mind;
  • Baddeley and others - viewing the central executive as unitary or multiple systems of varying functions;
  • attention and decision-making qualities of the central executive;
  • phonological loop - intimately involved in language use;
  • Baddeley's model visuospatial sketchpad - temporary store for maintenance and manipulation of visuospatial information;
  • episodic buffer and memory primer;
  • Baddeley's working memory model modification;
  • working memory capacity and heritability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Central Executive

  • Phonological Loop

  • Visuospatial Sketchpad

  • Episodic buffer

  • A Memory Primer

  • Working Memory Capacity

  • Heritability of Working Memory

  • Summary