Working memory: Unemployed but still doing day labor

Daniel S. Ruchkin*, Jordan Grafman, Katherine Cameron, Rita S. Berndt

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The goal of our target article is to establish that electrophysiological data constrain models of short-term memory retention operations to schemes in which activated long-term memory is its representational basis. The temporary stores correspond to neural circuits involved in the perception and subsequent processing of the relevant information, and do not involve specialized neural circuits dedicated to the temporary holding of information outside of those embedded in long-term memory. The commentaries ranged from general agreement with the view that short-term memory stores correspond to activated long-term memory (e.g., Abry, Sato, Schwartz, Loevenbruck & Cathiard [Abry etal.], Cowan, Fuster, Grote, Hickok & Buchsbaum, Keenan, Hyönä & Kaakinen [Keenan et al.], Martin, Morra), to taking a definite exception to this view (e.g., Baddeley, Düzel, Logie & Della Sala, Kroger, Majerus, Van der Linden, Colette & Salmon [Majerus et al.], Vallar).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)760-777
Number of pages18
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Ruchkin, D. S., Grafman, J., Cameron, K., & Berndt, R. S. (2003). Working memory: Unemployed but still doing day labor. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 26(6), 760-777.