Verbal Working Memory

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  • Verbal working memory refers to the ability to keep in mind sequential verbal information in the face of distraction. As a result, verbal working memory performance depends on at least two factors: the ability to maintain verbal information in correct order and the ability to ignore distraction that might otherwise lead to forgetting. Consequently, researchers often distinguish verbal working memory from verbal short-term memory, with the latter referring only to the ability to maintain verbal information in the order in which it was presented. Verbal short-term memory can be assessed using simple tasks such as digit span that require participants to repeat a series of just-presented digits; verbal working memory is typically measured using more complex tasks that interleave periods of distraction between the presentation ...

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