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Short-term memory, executive control, and children's route learning

Purser, Harry R.M., Farran, Emily K., Courbois, Yannick, Lemahieu, Axelle, Mellier, Daniel, Sockeel, Pascal and Blades, Mark (2012) Short-term memory, executive control, and children's route learning JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY, 113 (2). pp. 273-285.

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The aim of this study was to investigate route-learning ability in 67 children aged 5 to 11 years and to relate route-learning performance to the components of Baddeley’s model of working memory. Children carried out tasks that included measures of verbal and visuospatial short-term memory and executive control and also measures of verbal and visuospatial long-term memory; the route-learning task was conducted using a maze in a virtual environment. In contrast to previous research, correlations were found between both visuospatial and verbal memory tasks—the Corsi task, short-term pattern span, digit span, and visuospatial long-term memory—and route-learning performance. However, further analyses indicated that these relationships were mediated by executive control demands that were common to the tasks, with long-term memory explaining additional unique variance in route learning.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Purser, Harry R.M.
Farran, Emily
Courbois, Yannick
Lemahieu, Axelle
Mellier, Daniel
Sockeel, Pascal
Blades, Mark
Date : 1 October 2012
Funders : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grant, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) Grant
DOI : 10.1016/j.jecp.2012.06.005
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Psychology, Developmental, Psychology, Experimental, Psychology, Route learning, Short-term memory, Executive control, Task demands, Visuospatial, Development, WORKING-MEMORY, VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS, SPATIAL ABILITIES, TYPICAL DEVELOPMENT, WILLIAMS-SYNDROME, EPISODIC BUFFER, ACQUISITION, INHIBITION, SPAN, NAVIGATION
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2019 09:26
Last Modified : 27 Jun 2019 09:28

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