Cognitive Neuroscience: Working Memory Linked to Intelligence

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Science  14 Mar 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5306, pp. 1581
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5306.1581

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People often think of intelligence as quickness of thought or propensity for flashes of insight. But a variety of evidence suggests that such indicators of intelligence as language comprehension and problem-solving ability may instead depend on the ability to juggle lots of possibilities in the mind—that is, on working memory.