1. Working memory used to be called short-term memory. It was redefined to focus on its functionality rather than its duration. Some cognitive psychologists, however, differentiate between working and short-term memory. They see short-term memory as involved with the brief storage of information, while working memory is involved with both storing and manipulating information.
  2. Working memory can be thought of as the equivalent of being mentally online. It refers to the temporary workspace where we manipulate and process information.
  3. No one physical location in the brain appears to be responsible for creating the capacity of working memory. But several parts of the brain seem to contribute to this cognitive structure.