This special issue ponders a detailed and contemporary analysis of the theoretical underpinnings of short-term and working memory. Articles focus on short-term memory for phonological, semantic, and spatial material, on executive function and on short-term forgetting. The empirical perspectives include the neuroimaging of short-term memory, short-term memory development and the neuropsychology and neurobiology of memory, in addition to laboratory-based experimental studies. Together, these articles identify significant current models and approaches to short-term and working memory, providing a broad set of perspectives which illustrate the wide impact of working memory on the understanding of human cognition.
P.J. Barnard, S.K. Scott, J. May, When the Central Executive Lets Us Down: Schemas, Attention and Load in a Generative Working Memory Task. M. Sebastian, J. Menor, Rosa Elosua, Errors in Short-term Forgetting in AD and Aging. L. Henry, How Does the Severity of a Learning Disability Affect Working Memory Performance? F. Collette, S. Majerus, M. Van Der Linden, P. Dabe, C. Degueldre, G. Delfiore, A. Luxen, E. Salmon, Contribution of Lexico-semantic Processes to Verbal Short-term Memory Tasks: A PET Activation Study. R.C. Martin, M.L. Freedman, Short-term Retention of Lexical-semantic Representations: Implications For Speech Production. A. Lian, P.J. Karlsen, B. Winsvold, A Reevaluation of the Phonological Similarity Effect in Adult's Short-term Memory of Words and Nonwords. J.M. Rouder, P. Gomez, Modelling Serial Position Curves With Temporal Distinctiveness. S. Saito, The Phonological Loop and Memory For Rhythms: An Individual Differences Approach. S. Tremblay, W.J. Macken, D.M. Jones, The Impact of Broadband Noise on Serial Memory: Changes in Band-pass Frequency Increase Disruption. G. Tehan, L. Hendry, D. Kocinski, Word Length and Phonological Similarity Effects in Simple, Complex and Delayed Serial Recall Tasks: Implications For Working Memory. C.S. Willis, S.E. Gathercole, Phonological Short-term Memory Contributions to Sentence Processing in Young Children. M.G. Calvo, Working Memory and Inferences: Evidence From Eye Fixations During Reading. U.M.Z. Hutton, J.N. Towse, Short-term Memory and Working Memory as Indices of Children's Cognitive Skills. E. Service, R. Turpeinen, Working Memory in Spelling: Evidence From Backward Typing. S.J. Pickering, The Development of Visuo-spatial Thinking. B. Lawrence, J. Myerson, H. Oonk, R. Abrams, The Effects of Eye and Limb Movement On Working Memory. A. Miyake, A.H. Witzki, M.J. Emerson, Explaining Field Dependence-independence From a Working Memory Perspective: A Dual-task Investigation of the Hidden Figures Test.