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The endurance of children's working memory : a recall time analysis.

Towse, John N. and Hitch, Graham J. and Hamilton, Z. and Pirrie, Sarah (2008) The endurance of children's working memory : a recall time analysis. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 101 (2). pp. 156-163. ISSN 0022-0965

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    Abstract

    We analyse the timing of recall as a source of information about children’s performance in complex working memory tasks. A group of 8-year- old children performed a traditional operation span task in which sequence length increased across trials and an operation period task in which processing requirements were extended across trials of constant sequence length. Interword pauses were larger than is commonly found in immediate serial recall tasks, yet shorter than for reading span. These pauses increased with the demands of recall, decreased across the output sequence and were to some extent predictive of scholastic ability. Overall, timing data illustrate that recall in working memory tasks involve subtle processes of item access rather than simple read-out of information from an immediate store.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Working memory
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 34106
    Deposited By: Dr John Towse
    Deposited On: 02 Sep 2010 09:46
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:21
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34106

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