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Variability in children‘s working memory is coupled with perceived disturbance: An ambulatory assessment study in the school and out-of-school context

An article that reports on an assessment study about the influcence of disturbance on learning children in the school and out-of-school context.

Cover VariabilityLearning environments for children, at school as well as at home, are often noisy. Mostly experimental studies have shown the negative influence that noise has on cognitive performance. The article reports on a study that has found a practical way to examine this effect based on everyday life by recording the working memory capacity as well as disturbance levels of third and fourth graders on various days per week over a four week period using smartphone technology. Result: When children felt disturbed they generally performed poorly working memory wise. This connection was more or less intense depending on the individual student. However, it showed for various learning situations, whether at school or at home.

Dirk, J. & Schmiedek, F. (2017). Research in Human Development, 14, 200-218. doi:10.1080/15427609.2017.1340051

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