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Biology of Working Memory

This diagram of the brain shows where the parts of the working memory are housed. What you know about these parts of the brain should allow their duties to make sense. Because we know that the auditory cortex governs hearing, it makes sense that the phonological loop resides there. Similarly, the visual cortex in the occipital lobe governs vision, and the visuospatial sketchpad is found there. Finally, the frontal lobe, which we associate with planning and intentional movement, houses the central executive, which regulates the activity of the other two components of working memory.

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Bart Everson & Elliott Hammer, PhD