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Why working memory matters: A developmental cognitive science approach

When: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 - Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Senate Room, Second Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House)
Start time:18:00

The inaugural lecture of Professor Kate Cockcroft will shed light on the above topic.

While much research has focussed on the theoretical aspects of working memory and the use of experimental paradigms to test these, far less has been concerned with how an understanding of working memory can be applied to everyday situations.

Translation of experimental findings to everyday application is often a major challenge, and caution is needed when extrapolating from tightly controlled research environments to the uncontrollable and often unexpected realities of everyday life.

Understanding how working memory operates has particular relevance for how children learn, since it is heavily implicated in classroom activities that involve following instructions, focussing and completing tasks.

In this lecture, Cockcroft will address five interrelated questions related to working memory and its application to education, learning and development. In doing so, she highlight the contributions to her research has made in answering these questions.

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