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Attention to information in working memory

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Review article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2012
Author Oberauer Klaus, Hein Laura,
Project Attention looking out and looking inward: How is the focus of attention in WM related to perceptual attention?
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Review article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Current Directions in Psychological Science
Volume (Issue) 21(3)
Page(s) 164 - 169
Title of proceedings Current Directions in Psychological Science
DOI 10.1177/0963721412444727


Working memory retains information and makes it available for processing. People often need to hold several chunks of information available while concentrating on only one of them. This process requires selective attention to the contents of working memory. In this article, we summarize evidence for both a broad focus of attention with a capacity of approximately four chunks and a narrow focus of attention that selects a single chunk at a time.