A comparative analysis of the phonological loop versus the visuo-spatial sketchpad in mental arithmetic tasks in 7-8 y.o. children

Ángel Alsina i Pastells, Dolores Sáiz Roca

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    Abstract

    This research analyses the relationship between two subsystems of working memory (phonological loop and visuo-spatial sketchpad) and arithmetic achievement in a sample of 94 Spanish 7-8 year-old children. Two arithmetic measures for this study, six simple measures of working memory (including verbal, quantitative and spatial measures) from Pickering, Baqués and Gathercolc's «Bateria de Tests de Memòria de Treball», and two complementary visual tests were used. The results show that verbal and quantitative measures were correlated with arithmetic achievement, but not spatial measures. We conclude that there is a stronger relationship between phonological loop and arithmetic achievement in Spanish children, but the visuo-spatial sketchpad however seems to have a limited influence. Copyright © 2003 Psicothema.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-246
    JournalPsicothema
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2003

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