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Theoretical review with commentaries: attention and working memory

Collection launched: 08 Aug 2019

Models of working memory invoke attention in some way, often as the limiting “bottleneck” ultimately responsible for why such a small amount of information can apparently be held in mind at once. But there are multiple ways of describing attention and its relationship with what is ultimately remembered versus forgotten. This special collection features a theoretical review by Oberauer describing various ways attention has been conceptualized and applied to understanding memory, cataloguing their differences, and weighing the strength of evidence for each. The special collection includes critical commentaries from experts on attention, cognitive control, and working memory with a reply from Oberauer.