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In the beginning was the deed: verbal short-term memory as object-oriented action

Jones, Dylan and Macken, William 2018. In the beginning was the deed: verbal short-term memory as object-oriented action. Current Directions In Psychological Science 27 (5) , pp. 351-356. 10.1177/0963721418765796

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Our goal is not to present a new theory of verbal short-term memory (vSTM), but to supplant the concept used to explain performance for some 60 years. We view vSTM and its concomitant processes as reifications from observations of performance in vSTM tasks. Millennia of refining, elaborating and utilising symbolic technologies for representing speech has seduced us into viewing verbal behavior as embodying the hallmarks of such symbolic systems, setting it apart from other types of physical material with which we interact. Contrarily, we maintain that verbal material be seen in the same light as other material. The way in which we encounter and manipulate it (e.g., in the microcosm of the vSTM setting) is to be understood with respect to processes that organise material into perceptual objects that may then be apprehended and manipulated by bodily effector systems. We outline how key empirical hallmarks of vSTM yield to this approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
ISSN: 0963-7214
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2018
Date of Acceptance: 31 January 2018
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2021 06:51

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