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Psychological Sciences at MU
Nelson Cowan

Nelson Cowan, Tutor

Curators' Professor
18 McAlester Hall
Working Memory Laboratory

Research area(s):

  •  Working memory, the small amount of information held in mind
  •  How much can be held in working memory
  •  How the amount in working memory can be measured
  •  Childhood development of working memory
  •  The role of selective attention in working memory
  •  Life span development of working memory
  •  Consciousness and its relation to working memory


Cowan, N., Morey, C.C., AuBuchon, A.M., Zwilling, C.E., & Gilchrist, A.L. (2010). Seven-year-olds allocate attention like adults unless working memory is overloaded.  Developmental Science, 13, 120-133.

Dewar, M., Della Sala, S., Beschin, N., & Cowan, N. (In press). Profound retroactive interference in anterograde amnesia: What interferes?.  Neuropsychology.

Cowan, N. (Invited chapter under review.) Focused and divided attention to the eyes and ears: A research journey. In J.M. Wolfe & L. Robertson (Eds.), Festschrift for Ann Triesman. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

Cowan, N. (Invited chapter under review.) Working memory. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the mind. Sage.

Cowan, N. (In press). Multiple concurrent thoughts: The meaning and developmental neuropsychology of working memory. Developmental Neuropsychology.

Gilchrist, A.L., Cowan, N., & Naveh-Benjamin, M. (2009). Investigating the childhood development of working memory using sentences: New evidence for the growth of chunk capacity.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 104, 252-265.

Cowan, N., & Rouder, J.N. (2009, February 13). Comment on "Dynamic Shifts of Limited Working Memory Resources in Human Vision". Science, 323, 877c. 

Chen, Z., & Cowan, N. (2009). How verbal memory loads consume attention. Memory & Cognition, 37, 829-836.

Dewar, M., Fernandez Garcia, Y., Cowan, N., & Della Sala, S. (2009). Delaying interference enhances memory consolidation in amnesic patients. Neuropsychology, 23, 627-634.

2009 Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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