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Working Memory and Severe Learning Difficulties (PLE: Memory)

1st Edition

By Charles Hulme, Susie Mackenzie

Psychology Press

154 pages

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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.

Originally published in 1992, 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 in 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Severe Learning Difficulties: History, Definitions, and Terminology 2. Working Memory: Structure and Function 3. Working Memory Development, Cognitive Development and Learning Difficulties 4. Memory Span Development in Severe Learning Difficulties 5. The Articulatory Loop in Severe Learning Difficulties 6. Improving Memory Span in Severe Learning Difficulties 7. Working Memory and Severe Learning Difficulties: A Synthesis. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

Psychology Library Editions: Memory

Memory is one of the core areas of academic research in cognitive psychology. Psychology Library Editions: Memory brings together a series of previously out-of-print titles, available as a 27-volume set or as individual volumes. The authors come from diverse backgrounds and many of them are now leading experts in their fields. The majority of titles were originally published in the 1970s and 1980s and reflect early research in a number of key areas. The volumes cover topics such as memory development in children; memory and aging; memory and thinking; memory and language; working memory; and memory disorders, to name but a few. This is a great opportunity to obtain a valuable resource tracing the development of a major field of psychology.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology