Working memory deficits in children with low achievements in the national curriculum at 7 years of age

Research title: Working memory deficits in children with low achievements in the national curriculum at 7 years of age

Researchers: Susan E. Gathercole and Susan J. Pickering

Published: British Journal of Educational Psychology

This study examined the correlation between national curriculum test scores in the UK and working memory capacity. All state schools in the UK are required to follow a national curriculum with standardized tests given at age 7, 11, and 14. The researchers investigated the relationship between the scores and working memory capacity in eighty three children following their first standardized assessment at age seven. The results showed that children with low scores had significant impairment in central executive function and visuo-spatial memory causing the researchers to conclude that working memory capacity is closely linked to academic success.