Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Thoughts from the long-term memory chair

Jonathan K. Foster a1
a1 The Medical School, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia, and Neurosciences Unit, Health Department of Western Australia, Mt. Claremont, WA 6010, Australia


With reference to Ruchkins et al.'s framework, this commentary briefly considers the history of working memory, and whether, heuristically, this is a useful concept. A neuropsychologically motivated critique is offered, specifically with regard to the recent trend for working-memory researchers to conceptualise this capacity more as a process than as a set of distinct task-specific stores.