Working memory abilities in children with special educational needs

Research title: Working memory abilities in children with special educational needs

Researchers: Tracy Packiam Alloway, Susan Elizabeth Gathercole, Anne-Marie Adams, Catherine Willis

Published: Educational and Child Psychology

The aim of this study was to see if children with special educational needs were more prone to have poor working memory. The researchers found that children in all special needs subgroups examined had significant impairments in central executive and visuo-spatial tasks, but not in verbal working memory. This study suggests that working memory impairments significantly influence educational success.