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Title: Theorizing and measuring working memory in first and second language research
Author: Zhisheng Wen
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Homepage: https://ipm.academia.edu/EdwardZhishengWen
Institution: Hong Kong Shue Yan University
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science; Linguistic Theories
Abstract: Working memory (WM) generally refers to the human ability to temporarily maintain and manipulate a limited amount of information in immediate consciousness when carrying out complex cognitive tasks such as problem-solving and language comprehension. Though much controversy has surrounded the WM concept since its inception by Baddeley & Hitch (1974), an increasing number of cognitive psychologists have accepted WM as a multi-component system comprising both domain-specific storage mechanisms and domain-general executive functions (Miyake & Shah 1999; Baddeley 2012; Williams 2012). Such a view of this cognitive construct manifests itself clearly in distinct strands of WM-language research, where two contrasting research paradigms have emerged (Wen 2012).

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