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The role of procedural memory in grammar and numeracy skills [r-libre/2363]

Mimeau, Catherine; Coleman, Mike, & Donlan, Chris (2016). The role of procedural memory in grammar and numeracy skills. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 28 (8), 899-908. https://doi.org/10.1080/20445911.2016.1223082

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Item Type: Journal Articles
Refereed: Yes
Status: Published
Abstract: The objective of this study was to examine the contribution of procedural memory to grammar and numeracy skills, which both involve the manipulation of abstract patterns. Seventy-six typically developing children between 5 and 7 years of age were assessed on grammar with a past tense production task and a sentence comprehension task, on numeracy with a counting task and a calculation task, and on procedural memory with a serial reaction time task. Moderate correlations were found between the measures of grammar and numeracy. Moreover, four hierarchical linear regressions indicated that procedural memory was associated with calculation but not with counting or grammar skills when age and working memory were taken into account. These novel findings suggest that procedural memory may have a role to play in the development of some numeracy skills. Several possible explanations for the absence of contribution to grammar are considered.
Depositor: Mimeau, Catherine
Owner / Manager: Catherine Mimeau
Deposited: 16 Jul 2021 15:33
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2021 15:33

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