What is Working Memory and Why Does it Matter?

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Working memory is your brain’s Post-it note, says Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. «It makes all the difference to successful learning,» she says.

You can think of working memory as the active part of your memory system. It’s like mental juggling, says H. Lee Swanson, Ph.D., distinguished professor of education with the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. «As information comes in, you’re processing it at the same time as you store it,» he says. A child uses this skill when doing math calculations or listening to a story, for example. She has to hold onto the numbers while working with them. Or, she needs to remember the sequence of events and also think of what the story is about, says Swanson.If working memory is weak, it can trip up just about anyone. But it really works against a child with learning disabilities (LD). You can take steps to help a child with weak working memory, whether or not LD is a part of the picture.

enrique rubio royo‘s insight:

Importancia de la memoria de trabajo a la hora de aprender…


"Tracy Packiam Alloway: working memory is a better test of ability than IQ"


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muy interesante en cuanto a las funciones ejecutivas y redes cerebrales asociadas (UDL).

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