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Exploring Working Memory

Selected works of Alan Baddeley, 1st Edition

By Alan Baddeley


382 pages

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In the World Library of Psychologists series, international experts present themselves career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, and their major theoretical and practical contributions.

Alan Baddeley has an international reputation as an eminent scholar and pioneer in the field of human memory, and is principally known for the theory of working memory, devised with Graham Hitch. This model continues to be valuable today in recognising the functions of short-term memory. This volume includes a specially written introduction by Alan Baddeley which gives an overview of the start of his career and his entry into the field of Psychology. Throughout the book he also provides introductions to the selection of works included and contextualises them in relation to changes in the field during this time. Exploring Working Memory includes the author’s most influential publications on topics including short-term memory, the distinctions between short and long-term memory, the theory of working memory, the phonological loop, the concept of the central executive, and the episodic buffer. This exceptional selection concludes with an article giving a broad overview of the author’s current views on working memory and its relation to other theories in the field.

Through his outstanding work Alan Baddeley has become known as a world-leading expert on human memory. Exploring Working Memory is a unique collection which will be of great interest to both students and researchers interested in human memory from psychology backgrounds.


Table of Contents

Permissions acknowledgements, Introduction, PART 1 How many kinds of memory?, 1.Short-term memory for word sequences as a function of acoustic, semantic and formal similarity (Baddeley, 1966), 2.Simultaneous acoustic and semantic coding in short-term memory (Baddeley & Ecob, 1970), 3. Amnesia and the distinction between long- and short-term memory (Baddeley & Warrington, 1970) PART 2 A multicomponent model 4.Working memory (Baddeley & Hitch, 1974), 5. The recency effect: implicit learning with explicit retrieval? (Baddeley & Hitch, 1993), 6. The concept of working memory: a view of its current state and probable future development (Baddeley, 1981) PART 3 The phonological loop 7. Word length and the structure of short-term memory (Baddeley, Thomson & Buchanan, 1975), 8. Exploring the articulatory loop (Baddeley, Lewis & Vallar, 1984), 9. When long-term learning depends on short-term storage (Baddeley, Papagno & Vallar, 1988), 10. The phonological loop as a language learning device (Baddeley, Gathercole & Papagno, 1998) PART 4 The visuo-spatial sketchpad 11.Reaction time and short-term visual memory (Phillips & Baddeley, 1971), 12. Spatial working memory (Baddeley & Lieberman, 1980), 13. Interference with visual short-term memory (Logie, Zucco & Baddeley, 1990), PART 5 The central executive, 14.The central executive: a concept and some misconceptions (Baddeley, 1998), 15. Exploring the central executive (Baddeley, 1996), 16. Dementia and working memory (Baddeley, Logie, Bressi, Della Sala & Spinnler, 1986), PART 6 The episodic buffer 17. The episodic buffer: a new component of working memory? (Baddeley, 2000), 18. Binding in visual working memory: The role of the episodic buffer (Baddeley, Allen & Hitch, 2011), 19. Working memory: theories, models, and controversies (Baddeley, 2012)


About the Author

Alan Baddeley is Professor of Psychology at the University of York and one of the world's leading authorities on Human Memory. He is celebrated for devising the ground-breaking and highly influential working memory model with Graham Hitch in the early 1970s, a model which still proves valuable today in recognising the functions of short-term memory. He was awarded a CBE for his contributions to the study of memory, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 he received the BPS Research Board’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 the International Union of Psychological Sciences Award for Major Advancement in Psychological Science.

About the Series

World Library of Psychologists

The World Library of Psychologists celebrates the important contributions to psychology made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Barbara Wilson, Elizabeth Valentine, Leo Hendry, Jonathan St. B.T. Evans and Mark Griffiths.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of his career, contextualizing his selection within the development of the field, and showing how his own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology