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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-553
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number6
Early online date7 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


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

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