Working Memory and Severe Learning Difficulties

Working Memory and Severe Learning Difficulties

by Charles Hulme, Suzie MacKenzie, Susie Mackenzie
     
 

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Working memory is a term used to refer to the systems responsible for the temporary storage of information during the performance of cognitive tasks. The efficiency of working memory skills in children may place limitations on the learning and performance of educationally important skills such as reading, language comprehension and arithmetic.
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Working memory is a term used to refer to the systems responsible for the temporary storage of information during the performance of cognitive tasks. The efficiency of working memory skills in children may place limitations on the learning and performance of educationally important skills such as reading, language comprehension and arithmetic.
This monograph considers the development of working memory skills in children with severe learning difficulties. These children have marked difficulties with a wide range of cognitive tasks. The studies reported show that they also experience profound difficulties on verbal working memory tasks. These memory problems are associated with a failure to rehearse information within an articulatory loop. Training the children to rehearse material is shown to help alleviate these problems.
The implications of these studies for understanding normal memory development, and for models of the structure of working memory and its development are discussed. It is argued that the working memory deficits seen in people with severe learning difficulties may contribute to their difficulties on other cognitive tasks.

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ISBN-13:
9780863770753
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Essays in Cognitive Psychology Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

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