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Verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children: Are they separable?

Packiam Alloway, T., Gathercole, S.E. and Pickering, S.J. (2006) Verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children: Are they separable? Child Development, 77 (6). pp. 1698-1716. ISSN 0009-3920

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This study explored the structure of verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children between ages 4 and 11 years. Multiple tasks measuring 4 different memory components were used to capture the cognitive processes underlying working memory. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the processing component of working memory tasks was supported by a common resource pool, while storage aspects depend on domain-specific verbal and visuospatial resources. This model is largely stable across this developmental period, although some evidence exists that the links between the domain-specific visuospatial construct and the domain-general processing construct were higher in the 4- to- 6-year age group. The data also suggest that all working memory components are in place by 4 years of age.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 09:44
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2009 09:44
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/J.1467-8624.2006.00968.X
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/J.1467-8624.2006.00968.X
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5876

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