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Title: Theorizing and measuring working memory in first and second language research
Author: Zhisheng Wen
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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).


This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 47, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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