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Lea publishes paper on refreshing and elaboration in Memory & Cognition

Lea’s paper, ‘The effects of refreshing and elaboration on working memory performance, and their contributions to long-term memory formation’, was published in Memory & Cognition. Her research looks at the cognitive processes of refreshing, meaning the focusing of attention on memory representations, and elaboration, referring to linking representations with existing knowledge. Elaboration was found to benefit long term memory but not working memory. Refreshing preserves immediate memory but does not improve it above the level achieved without any processing at all.