chapter  8
21 Pages

Short-Term Storage: The Ordered Output of A Central Processor

WithRobert A. Bjork

In this chapter, the author shows that the store of semantic and factual knowledge is modified whenever items within the context-specific long-term store are related to or interpreted in terms of information in the store of semantic and factual knowledge. He presents a characterization of the human memory system and the role of short-term memory (STM) within that system. The author discusses the representation of rehearsal processes and the research work that probably had the greatest influence on his overall characterization of STM within the human memory system. The system assumes the existence of a central processor that is central and critical to attention, storage, rehearsal, retrieval, and various other mnemonic activities. The information stored in it may be acoustic, linguistic, visual, semantic, relational, or whatever depending on the activities of the central processor. The present system is meant to characterize the principal components of the memory system of the adult human being.