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Randall Engle – Working memory capacity/Executive attention as both a state and a trait variable

This conference will be held in English / cette conférence aura lieu en
anglais.

Randall Engle, du Georgia Institute of Technology donnera le vendredi 3 avril dans l’après-midi une conférence intitulée “Working memory
capacity/Executive attention as both a state and a trait variable”

Due to the activities related to the teacher’s strike and Jerry Fodor’s conference, Randall Engle’s conference is scheduled on this Friday at 10 am, room DS-1950 (UQAM, Pavillon DeSèves, métro Berri-UQAM). Coffee, fruit juices, scones, etc. will be offered at the beginning of this early morning conference.

However, we advise you to check our website for updates.

Pour éviter de donner la conférence pendant les activités de grève des
professeurs et pendant la conférence de Jerry Fodor, la conférence de
Randall Engle aura lieu ce vendredi à 10h du matin, en salle DS-1950 (UQAM, Pavillon DeSèves, métro Berri-UQAM). Du café, des jus et des viennoiseries vous attendront pour cette conférence à l¹horaire matinal…

Nous vous recommandons toutefois de garder un oeil sur notre site web pour avoir les toutes dernières informations.

Abstract :Early conceptions of cognitive limitations were based on a limited
number of items or chunks such as 7 ± 2 or 4 ± 1. However, more recent
thinking focuses on abiding individual differences in cognitive control and
the role those differences play in other complex cognitive tasks. It is
further clear that working memory capacity (WMC) should be thought of as a
construct or variable that mediates between many other variables and a wide
range of cognitive tasks in which control is required or useful. In a sense,
we can think of working memory capacity as both a trait and state variable.
Individual differences is one important determinant of working memory
capacity but other variables ranging from sleep deprivation to secondary
cognitive load to stereotype threat and social pressure will lead to
temporary reduction in capability for cognitive control in a wide array of
real-world cognitive tasks.

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