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Title: Motivational and emotional salience effects on working memory
Author: Thomas, Paul M. J.
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2013
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"An object of primary memory is not thus brought back; it never was lost; its date was never cut off in consciousness from that of the immediately present moment. In fact, it comes to us as belonging to the rearward portion of the present space of time, and not to the genuine past," (James, 1890, p. 609). Since William James's seminal work on 'primary' memory, the notion that a short term memory store, now termed short term memory (STM) or working memory (WM) is a key part of human consciousness has become commonplace. This memory store is known to be subject to limitations in the amount and quality of information it can represent at any time, but is a crucial part of the cognitive toolkit humans use to navigate the physical and social world. Given these capacity limitations, there is a clear evolutionary imperative for efficient selection into and retention within WM of items of high utility over those of less importance to survival.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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