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MEMO – Working memory influences on rehearsal-strategy development in dyslectic children

MEMO – Working memory influences on rehearsal-strategy development in dyslectic children

The project MEMO analyzes verbal rehearsal-strategy development in children with and without dyslexia or dyscalculia.

Project description

In addition to task-specific skills in school, memory strategies contribute both to the acquisition and storage of knowledge and to the solution of a broad range of tasks in the school context. The Project MEMO focuses on the development of verbal memory strategies in children with reading, writing and arithmetic problems. Verbal memory strategies are adopted to enhance memory performance and are used when information is supposed to be taken in. A multitude of studies has shown that there is progressive development of the competent use of strategies from kindergarten age to primary school age and beyond. However, some studies highlight the close relationship between a reduced capacity to learn and to memorize, and the use of memory strategies, respectively. Accordingly, children with learning impairments seem to be less efficient in the use of such strategies. Hence, MEMO aims to answer the question of whether problems in school areas, such as reading and writing and arithmetics, coincide with impairments in basic verbal strategic capabilities; or whether the former and the latter are independent of each other. We are additionally interested in whether children with reading, writing and arithmetic problems are able to use verbal memory strategies as efficiently as their unimpaired peers. Finally, we assess the role of the working memory on verbal memory strategy development.

Funding

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Selected Publications

Malstädt, N., Hasselhorn, M., & Lehmann, M. (2012). Free Recall Behaviour in Children with and without Spelling Impairment: The Impact of Working Memory Subcapacities. Dyslexia, 18, 187-198.

Further information

Website: IDeA Center

Project management

Project details

State:
Completed projects
Duration:
1/2009 - 2014
Funding:
External funding
Research topics:
Department: Department of Education and Human Development
Contact: Martin Lehmann
last modified Jul 14, 2015