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Working Memory, Thought, and Action$
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Alan Baddeley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528012

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528012.001.0001

Long-term memory and the episodic buffer

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(p.139) Chapter 8 Long-term memory and the episodic buffer
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Working Memory, Thought, and Action
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Alan Baddeley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528012.003.0008

This chapter attempts to determine how working memory and long-term memory interact. It begins by considering a number of alternative views that would largely dispense with the question. Working memory as language processing is first discussed followed by the view of working memory as activated long-term memory. The author's decision to postulate a central executive devoid of memory capacity led to a number of problems. These problems are categorized into three and are assessed in this chapter. The latter part of this chapter introduces the concept of the episodic buffer. This buffer is assumed to be a temporary storage system that is able to combine information from the loop, the sketchpad, long-term memory, or indeed from perceptual input, into a coherent episode.

Keywords:   working memory, long-term memory, language processing, episodic buffer, loop, sketchpad, perceptual input

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