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Short term memory

Working memory (WM) aka “primary” memory, “short-term” memory, “active” memory

Capacity (or capacities) for holding in mind,in an active, highly available state a small amount of information:

Recently derived from processing of sensory input Recently retrieved from long-term memory Recently generated by ongoing operations To control ongoing and imminent actions

Arguments that WM is distinct from long-term memory come from:

Introspection Physiology Consideration of computational utility Effects of brain damage Experiments on normal subjects

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