Chapter 12. Working Memory Capacity and Self-Regulation

  1. Dr Rick H. Hoyle PhD Professor Fellow Member
  1. Malgorzata Ilkowska and
  2. Randall W. Engle

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch12

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

How to Cite

Ilkowska, M. and Engle, R. W. (2010) Working Memory Capacity and Self-Regulation, in Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation (ed R. H. Hoyle), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Author Information

  1. School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177122

Online ISBN: 9781444318111



  • working memory capacity and self-regulation;
  • dynamic nature of information processing - pursuing a goal;
  • goal of self-regulation - monitoring and adjusting behaviors to meet a goal state;
  • working memory (WM), executive processes and developmental paths;
  • working memory capacity (WMC) - as controlled action;
  • operation (OSPAN) and reading span tasks (RSPAN);
  • working memory capacity tasks;
  • working memory and self-regulatory problems;
  • anxiety, stress and stereotype threat as additional load;
  • working memory and self-regulation - differences in interference or error correction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Self-Regulation

  • Working Memory, Executive Processes, and Developmental Path

  • Working Memory Capacity as Controlled Attention

  • Individual Differences in Working Memory Capacity

  • Working Memory Capacity Tasks

  • Working Memory and Self-Regulation

  • Working Memory and Self-Regulatory Problems

  • Concluding Remarks

  • References