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Child Dev. 2006 Nov-Dec;77(6):1698-716.

Verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children: are they separable?

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School of Education, University of Durham, Leazes Road, Durham DH1 1TA, UK. t.p.alloway@durham.ac.uk

Abstract

This study explored the structure of verbal and visuospatial short-term and working memory in children between ages 4 and 11 years. Multiple tasks measuring 4 different memory components were used to capture the cognitive processes underlying working memory. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the processing component of working memory tasks was supported by a common resource pool, while storage aspects depend on domain-specific verbal and visuospatial resources. This model is largely stable across this developmental period, although some evidence exists that the links between the domain-specific visuospatial construct and the domain-general processing construct were higher in the 4- to- 6-year age group. The data also suggest that all working memory components are in place by 4 years of age.

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