Working Memory Abilities and Children’s Performance in Laboratory Analogues of Classroom Activities

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.