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memory for intermediate results that must be held during thinking

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Among people with large working memories, those who were typically the most talented, rising cortisol either led to a performance boost or a performance flop - depending on whether they were already anxious about math.
As expected, participants required more time to do the visual search task when their visual working memories had been preloaded, compared to when they had not.
Those who have large spatial working memories can process the diagram effectively and extract this information, whereas those with smaller spatial working memories miss this information, and comprehension suffers.
People use their abstract working memories to assign meaning when trying to recall facts.
Young children, in particular, may make rapid developmental advances--say, learning to recognize and speak a native language--thanks to the perceptual punch of their puny working memories, according to the Israeli researcher.