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J Learn Disabil. 2001 May-Jun;34(3):237-48.

Are mathematics disabilities due to a domain-general or a domain-specific working memory deficit?

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University of California-Riverside, 92521, USA.

Abstract

The relationship between verbal and visual-spatial working memory and mathematical computation skill was examined in children and adults with and without disabilities in mathematics. A hierarchical regression analysis showed that, when partialing for the influence of reading ability, age, and gender, mathematical computation was better predicted by verbal than by visual-spatial working memory. Furthermore, the results showed that the relationship between mathematics ability and working memory were not significantly moderated by age but were stable across a broad age span. We concluded that, regardless of age, deficits in mathematics are mediated by both a domain-general and a domain-specific working memory system.

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15499878
DOI:
10.1177/002221940103400304
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