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Dirk, Judith; Schmiedek, Florian:

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

In: Research in Human Development, 14 (2017) 3 , 200-218


Document type
3a. Beiträge in begutachteten Zeitschriften; Aufsatz (keine besondere Kategorie)

Kind, Kognitive Prozesse, Leistung, Arbeitsgedächtnis, Lärm, Beeinflussung, Wahrnehmung, Veränderung, Schule, Freizeit, Schuljahr 03, Schuljahr 04, Smartphone, Aufgabe, Messung, Längsschnittuntersuchung, Empirische Untersuchung

The detrimental effect of noise on cognitive performance particularly for younger children has been repeatedly demonstrated in numerous experimental and few field studies. We examined whether children's daily working memory (WM) performance is affected by daily perceived disturbance in the school and out-of-school context. In an ambulatory assessment study, 110 third and fourth grade students completed WM tasks and reported on their perceived disturbance on smartphones three times daily in and out of school for four weeks. Disturbance varied systematically within children and increased levels of disturbance were associated with decreased WM performance, independent of context. (DIPF/Orig.)

Education and Human Development