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The Development of Working Memory

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Working memory is a central cognitive system that plays a key role in development, with working memory capacity and speed of processing increasing as children move from infancy through adolescence. Here, I focus on two questions: What neural processes underlie working memory, and how do these processes change over development? Answers to these questions lie in computer simulations of neural-network models that shed light on how development happens. These models open up new avenues for optimizing clinical interventions aimed at boosting the working memory abilities of at-risk infants.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Early online date7 Oct 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Oct 2020
Peer-reviewedYes

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  • cognitive development, cognitive intervention, development, infancy, neural networks, working memory

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