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The Case for Using Working Memory in Practice

By Bryan D. Edwards, Ana M. Franco Watkins, Samuel T. McAbee, and Luis Faura

The reliance on cognitive ability (or general mental ability) for selection, placement, and training underlies one of the oldest and deepest research practices in the history of I-O psychology. It is generally accepted among I-O psychologists that cognitive ability is the strongest predictor of learning and task performance. However, many of our cognitive psychologist colleagues make a strong case that working memory capacity is the strongest predictor of learning and performance. Indeed, working memory training programs such as lumocity, cogmed, and jungle memory are quite popular. As such, the purpose of the present article is to span a bridge between both cognitive and I-O psychology as well as between science and practice by encouraging the use of working memory as a predictor for training and job performance.

In nearly 40 years of research, cognitive psychology has established that working memory is a strong predictor of human learning and task performance (Baddeley & Hitch, 1974; Daneman & Carpenter, 1980; Engle, 2002). Despite the link between working memory, learning, and performance in the cognitive psychology literature, working memory has been ignored in I-O psychology research and practice. However, there are several reasons to expect that individual differences in working memory capacity are relevant to learning and task performance in work settings. …continue reading in the recent issue of TIP!


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