Definition of working memory in English:

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working memory


1 Psychology The part of short-term memory which is concerned with immediate conscious perceptual and linguistic processing.
Example sentences
  • The battery included tests of short-term memory, working memory, ideational fluency and verbal learning.
  • Since James's time, it has been variously called immediate memory, short-term memory, and working memory.
  • The statistical methods used to examine these data can give people scores on verbal comprehension, perceptual organization, working memory, and processing speed.
2 Computing An area of high-speed memory used to store programs or data currently in use.
Example sentences
  • Whereas gzip uses only 32 kilobytes of working memory during compression, rzip can use up to 900 megabytes, but that's okay because memory is getting cheaper and cheaper.
  • Like RAM, the information stored in working memory is dumped when it is no longer needed.
  • It contains also 50 percent more internal working memory, supporting the next-generation operating systems, such as Microsoft Longhorn.

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