Academic journal article Psychologische Beiträge

Working Memory Models and Processes-A Selection of German Research Projects

Academic journal article Psychologische Beiträge

Working Memory Models and Processes-A Selection of German Research Projects

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This Special Issue is a collection of papers investigating the role of working memory in cognitive processing. These papers focus on the structural as well as on the functional scope of a hypothetical working memory. Common to all of them - and this has to be explained a little further - is that they report work of German researchers in this particular field. In fact, the papers are a selection from the presentations given at the second German Workshop on Working Memory in June 2000 at Schloss Hirschberg in Bavaria.

Let us tell the story behind this workshop: Quite some time ago there was another workshop on the British tradition of Working Memory in a different place organised by Janet Jackson, Graham Hitch, and Bob Logic in Schoonloo. Both of us attended this workshop and both of us were very impressed about the stimulating and constructive atmosphere. In particular we remember a great forum to discuss ongoing research activities in a relaxed and very familiar context. This took place in 1989.

Today, many years later both of us are working in the same Psychology Department at the Catholic University of Eichstatt and we are still interested in working memory, though with different perspectives: Jurgen is focussing more on phonological processes and environmental psychology and Ruth is concentrating more on visuo-spatial processes and developmental psychology. But exactly this circumstance made us realise, that in Germany research in the field of working memory is done in quite different areas of psychology and that there are at least some traditional barriers that prevent researchers to get together. Hence, with our very positive Schoonloo experience in mind, we decided to organise the first German Workshop on Working Memory. The guiding idea was to bring together German researchers who are interested in the more basic model, e. …

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