Essay on A Study Of Working Memory Capacity

989 Words Dec 8th, 2016 4 Pages
The study of working memory has been vast and varied in the field of psychology. Just the aspect of its capacity has had many experiments detailed in several publications. One of many questions asked is whether one can train working memory capacity(wmc) in order to increase it. If we can increase wmc, what other effects would that training have on other facets of the human mind? The first two questions are tackled in both Jaeggi (2008), which attempted to show the positive effects of wmc training on both wmc and fluid intelligence, and Harrison (2013), which attempted to replicate the findings of previous research in order to verify effects. Lastly, Owens (2013) looked to show how wmc training could affect the depressed. All of this research shows just how complex memory is, and the vast interconnected nature of the human brain. The first issue that had to be solved was how were they going to test and train wmc. If the test for wmc is the same as the training, any positive results may simply be from the subjects getting more practiced at a single task, and not improving their wmc All three studies performed a standard wmc pretest, to determine base levels before training. This test focused around having subjects memorize the positions of shape on a screen and report back if a later shape is in the same position, this was also paired along with the distraction condition, where irrelevant shapes were also presented, and had to be ignored. These procedures not only tested for…

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