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Working Memory and Object Permanence

This is pretty speculative, but it makes sense to me and I'd like to get the idea own on (digital) paper in case I don't get the chance to come back to it.

It is well known that we have different types of memory: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Sometimes the first two are thought of as the same; I've also seen writers distinguish between the two. It won't matter for the purposes of this particular item.

According to Wikipedia, working memory is "a cognitive system with a limited capacity that is responsible for temporarily holding information available for processing." The purpose of working memory is to support "reasoning and the guidance of decision-making and behavior."

This theory is based on an information-processing view of cognition and memory. On this picture, working memory is like a 'buffer' where operations can be conducted and where data can be temporarily stored until we decide whether it is relevant.


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