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Working Memory and The Movies Streaming In Our Heads | Scientific American

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So is anything special about human working memory?There’s no good evidence about exactly what’s going on. But it may be that what’s distinctive is that we’re chronic users of working memory. We fantasize all the time. We’re using working memory at every moment of the day. When we’re not on task, we’re off task imagining something. That means you’re always playing around with alternative plans and alternative ways of doing things and so forth.

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