Research title: Working Memory Abilities and Children’s Performance in Laboratory Analogues of Classroom Activities
Researchers: Susan E. Gathercole, Emily Durling, Matthew Evans, Sarah Jeffcock and Sarah Stone
Published: Applied Cognitive Psychology
In light of the evidence showing working memory to be essential for academic success, the researchers wanted to investigate what causes this correlation. This paper discusses two studies that examined the role of working memory in common classroom activities. The researchers found that working memory plays a significant role in typical classroom activities and suggest that this one of the ways poor working memory impedes academic success.