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The Fractionation of Working Memory

Alan Baddeley
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Vol. 93, No. 24 (Nov. 26, 1996), pp. 13468-13472
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40924
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Abstract

In performing many complex tasks, it is necessary to hold information in temporary storage to complete the task. The system used for this is referred to as working memory. Evidence for the need to postulate separable memory systems is summarized, and one particular model of working memory is described, together with its fractionation into three principal subsystems. The model has proved durable and useful and, with the development of electrophysiological and positive emission tomography scanning measures, is proving to map readily onto recent neuroanatomical developments.

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