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

Allen, Katie and Giofrè, David and Higgins, Steve and Adams, John (2020) 'Using working memory performance to predict mathematics performance 2 years on.', Psychological research., 85 (5). pp. 1986-1996.


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.

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Date accepted:01 July 2020
Date deposited:22 July 2020
Date of first online publication:10 July 2020
Date first made open access:22 July 2020

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