The Working Memory Model - Baddley and Hitch

These flashcards are for people who just want a quick reminder about the different components involved in the Working Memory Model.

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Central Executive

As the name suggests it is in control of various components of WMM.

- decides what jobs are given priority

- the other models are slave drives

it works independently of the senses, unlike the other components.

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Phonological loop.

this refers to the 


the phonological store

- A.K.A 'inner ear'.

- It deals with perception of the sounds, with emphasis on the speech

The Articulatory loop

- A.K.A the 'Inner voice'.

-  This is the verbal rehearsal system, which prevents the decay of verbal material by repeating the information until it is spoken.

- It has a two second duration

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Visuo-Spatial Sketchpad

- A.K.A the inner eye 

- It can be seen as the visual component of the articulatory loop.

- it organises and deals with the visual information that we have encoded (processed) 

- It has also been called the "mental rough paper", because we are not only able to do simple arithmetic with it, but it also helps us draw maps out in our mind, so that we can give directions.

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Episodic Buffer

This component was added in later, in 2000 by Baddeley*

- It is a third slave drive system

- comprises a limited capacity system that provides temporary storage of information, which is capable of binding information from the other components and from long-term memory. links you to the artical written by Baddeley wrote about the introduction of the episodic buffer.

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