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Are PASAT scores related to mathematical ability?

Chronicle, Edward P. and MacGregor, Nigel A. (1998) Are PASAT scores related to mathematical ability? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 8. pp. 273-282. ISSN 0960-2011

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Abstract

The Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task (PASAT) is employed in neuropsychological practice as a test of divided attention. The influence of mathematical ability on PASAT performance was examined in 40 healthy subjects, 20 male and 20 female. An unpaced computerised task was developed to measure response times for the verification of visually-presented additions, subtractions, divisions, and multiplications. Response times were always strongly negatively correlated with PASAT scores, suggesting that high mental arithmetic ability may give rise to good PASAT performance. Furthermore, a significant percentage of the variability in PASAT scores was predicted by (1) recent attainment in school mathematics examinations, and (2) self-ratings of current mental arithmetic skills. It is suggested that mathematical attainment and ability should be taken into account when interpreting PASAT performance as a measure of divided attention.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 18920
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2008 11:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/18920

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