kitchen table math, the sequel: working memory in children

Friday, July 22, 2011

working memory in children

[T]he findings from this study indicate that the three main components of the Baddeley and Hitch (1974) model of working memory are in place by 6 years of age. The capacity of each component increases linearly from age 4 to early adolescence.

The Structure of Working Memory From 4 to 15 Years of Age
Susan E. Gathercole
University of Durham Susan J. Pickering, Benjamin Ambridge,
and Hannah Wearing
University of Bristol
Developmental Psychology 2004, Vol. 40, No. 2, 177–190
Children have lower working memory than adults, and lower working memory has ramifications for language learning and some cases of problem solving.

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