Using working memory performance to predict mathematics performance 2 years on.

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A number of previous studies have used working memory components to predict mathematical performance in a variety of ways; however, there is no consideration of the contributions of the subcomponents of visuospatial working memory to this prediction. In this paper we conducted a 2-year follow-up to the data presented in Allen et al. (Q J Exp Psychol 73(2):239-248, 2020b) to ascertain how these subcomponents of visuospatial working memory related to later mathematical performance. 159 children (M age = 115.48 months) completed the maths test for this second wave of the study. Results show a shift from spatial-simultaneous influence to spatial-sequential influence, whilst verbal involvement remained relatively stable. Results are discussed in terms of their potential for education and future research.

Academic Performance, Child, Cognition, Educational Status, Humans, Mathematics, Memory, Short-Term, Psychology, Educational, Spatial Processing, Task Performance and Analysis, Verbal Behavior
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