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Limitless capacity: a dynamic object-oriented approach to short-term memory

Macken, William John ORCID:, Taylor, John C. and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2015. Limitless capacity: a dynamic object-oriented approach to short-term memory. Frontiers in Psychology 06 , 293. 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00293

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The notion of capacity-limited processing systems is a core element of cognitive accounts of limited and variable performance, enshrined within the short-term memory construct. We begin with a detailed critical analysis of the conceptual bases of this view and argue that there are fundamental problems – ones that go to the heart of cognitivism more generally – that render it untenable. In place of limited capacity systems, we propose a framework for explaining performance that focuses on the dynamic interplay of three aspects of any given setting: the particular task that must be accomplished, the nature and form of the material upon which the task must be performed, and the repertoire of skills and perceptual-motor functions possessed by the participant. We provide empirical examples of the applications of this framework in areas of performance typically accounted for by reference to capacity-limited short-term memory processes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Additional Information: This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 1664-1078
Funders: ESRC
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2015
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 08:47

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