I believe that working memory is the ability to connect prior knowledge with new information, and remember it. Once information is placed in long-term memory, the process of retrieving the information is more “automatic”, and faster. Working memory is usually measured by tests, such as the SAT. Working memory plays a role in comprehension because as a person reads they must connect new and prior knowledge to get meaning out of a text. In other words, the brain is completing many tasks at one time.
Working memory fits into Adams’ theory because she believes there are many processors who are working simultaneously to complete the task of reading. Many things must also happen in order to retrieve information from long-term memory or place it in long-term memory.