Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how research has helped resolve the controversy between decay versus interference theories of forgetting.
  2. Describe how capacity constrains the effectiveness of short-term memory.
  3. Delineate the purposes of the various components of working memory, including the central executive, visuospatial sketchpad, phonological loop, and episodic buffer.
  4. Explain the relationship between working memory and everyday experiences, including learning and emotion.