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Operation Span Experiment 5

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Operation Span Minimum time to complete this experiment: 15 minutes Recent conceptions of memory have suggested that memory consists of a flexible workspace that not only stores information but also plays an active role in processing and manipulating information. This active process, however, seems to have a limited amount of resources to work with. One question that has been posed is whether the capacity is specific to verbal tasks or if there is a general pool of resources that is used in every working memory task. Most previous researchers have used only verbal materials in measuring working memory capacity. To determine whether there is a general capacity for all working memory tasks, Turner and Engle (1989) developed a task called "operation-word-span" (OSPAN). In this task, subjects are asked to read and verify a simple math problem (such as (4/2)-1=1) and then read a word after the operation (such as SNOW). After a series of problems and words has been presented, the subjects recall the words that followed each operation. The number of
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