|Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2004), 27:5:709-711 Cambridge University Press|
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Hidden operators of mental attention applying on LTM give the illusion of a separate working memory
The authors' results support a functionalist conception of working memory: a manifold repertoire of schemes/schemas (long-term memory) and a small set of general-purpose “hidden operators.” Using some of these operators I define mental (i.e., endogenous) attention. Then, analyzing two of the authors' unexplained important findings, I illustrate the mental-attention model's explanatory power. Multivariate methodology that varies developmental, task differences, and individual differences is recommended.