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Title: Working memory in nonsymbolic approximate arithmetic processing: a dual-task study with preschoolers
Authors: Xenidou-Dervou, Iro
van Lieshout, Ernest C.D.M.
van der Schoot, Menno
Keywords: Numerical cognition
Approximate arithmetic
Nonsymbolic numerosities
Working memory
Dual-task paradigm
Preschool children
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley (© Cognitive Science Society, Inc)
Citation: XENIDOU-DERVOU, I., VAN LIESHOUT, E.C.D.M. and VAN DER SCHOOT, M., 2014. Working memory in nonsymbolic approximate arithmetic processing: a dual-task study with preschoolers. Cognitive Science, 38 (1), pp.101-127
Abstract: Preschool children have been proven to possess nonsymbolic approximate arithmetic skills before learning how to manipulate symbolic math and thus before any formal math instruction. It has been assumed that nonsymbolic approximate math tasks necessitate the allocation of Working Memory (WM) resources. WM has been consistently shown to be an important predictor of children's math development and achievement. The aim of our study was to uncover the specific role of WM in nonsymbolic approximate math. For this purpose, we conducted a dual-task study with preschoolers with active phonological, visual, spatial, and central executive interference during the completion of a nonsymbolic approximate addition dot task. With regard to the role of WM, we found a clear performance breakdown in the central executive interference condition. Our findings provide insight into the underlying cognitive processes involved in storing and manipulating nonsymbolic approximate numerosities during early arithmetic. © 2013 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the article which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12053. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Version: Accepted version
DOI: 10.1111/cogs.12053
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/20087
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12053
ISSN: 0364-0213
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