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Memory – Working Memory

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Ashok Jansari (Goldsmiths, University of London) explores the working memory model. In the first lecture, we think about the history of the model and its origin as a development on from the multi-store (or modal) model of memory. In the second lecture, we think about three primary pieces of evidence for the phonological loop: the phonological similarity effect, the word length effect, and the unattended speech effect. In the third lecture, we think about neuroscientific evidence for the working memory model, citing patient KF and Baddeley & colleagues’ 1986 research on dual task performance of people with dementia as evidence. Next, we think about neuroscientific evidence for the central executive, citing Phineas Gage and patient EVR as key case studies, as well as introducing the Jansari assessment of Executive Functions (JEF) as a modern assessment of executive function. In the fifth and final lecture, we consider memory from a developmental psychology perspective and explore why children develop different aspects of memory with different proficiencies.

About the Lecturer

Dr Ashok Jansari is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr Jansari’s research interests include memory disorders, prosopagnosia, executive functions, and synaesthesia. Dr Jansari is most famous for his research into prosopagnosia, having made numerous TV appearances, including on BBC1’s The One Show, as well as hosting his own ‘Neuro Talk’ YouTube channel:

Some of Dr Jansari's recent publications include 'Acquired synaesthesia following 2C-B use' (2019), 'Using virtual reality to investigate multitasking ability in individuals with frontal lobe lesions' (2019), and 'Identification from CCTV: Assessing police super-recogniser ability to spot faces in a crown and susceptibility to change blindness' (2018).