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With development, list recall includes more chunks, not just larger ones.

Cowan, Nelson and Hismjatullina, Anna and AuBuchon, Angela M. and Saults, J. Scott and Horton, Neil and Leadbitter, Kathy and Towse, John N. (2010) With development, list recall includes more chunks, not just larger ones. Developmental Psychology, 46 (5). pp. 1119-1131. ISSN 0012-1649

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    The nature of the childhood development of immediate recall has been difficult to determine. There could be a developmental increase in either the number of chunks held in working memory or the use of grouping to make the most of a constant capacity. In 3 experiments with children in the early elementary school years and adults, we show that improvements in the immediate recall of word and picture lists come partly from increases in the number of chunks of items retained in memory. This finding was based on a distinction between access to a studied group of items (i.e., recall of at least 1 item from the group) and completion of the accessed group (i.e., the proportion of the items recalled from the group). Access rates increased with age, even with statistical controls for completion rates, implicating development of capacity in chunks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Developmental Psychology
    Additional Information: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 33806
    Deposited By: Dr John Towse
    Deposited On: 12 Jul 2010 09:35
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 03:19
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