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Psychol Sci. 2013 Dec;24(12):2409-19. doi: 10.1177/0956797613492984. Epub 2013 Oct 3.

Working memory training may increase working memory capacity but not fluid intelligence.

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  • 11Georgia Institute of Technology.


Working memory is a critical element of complex cognition, particularly under conditions of distraction and interference. Measures of working memory capacity correlate positively with many measures of real-world cognition, including fluid intelligence. There have been numerous attempts to use training procedures to increase working memory capacity and thereby performance on the real-world tasks that rely on working memory capacity. In the study reported here, we demonstrated that training on complex working memory span tasks leads to improvement on similar tasks with different materials but that such training does not generalize to measures of fluid intelligence.


attention; cognitive ability; intelligence

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