Working Memory : A Developmental Study Of Phonological Recording

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The article by Sue Palmer, “Working Memory: A Developmental Study of Phonological Recording”, presents the study of how young children encode information. Baddely proposed that the phonological loop in working memory is developed around the age of seven (Cheetham, 2016). This study tested children as young as three up to age eight in order to see when the phonological loop begins in a person and until what age a child relies on visual codes in order to retrieve a memory. This study had specific methods and participants, major findings, strengths as well as limitations, and implications for the field of psychology.
The study presented in this article had participants between the ages of three and eight in order to examine when the phonological loop begins working in a child. The children were from four different schools that were thought to be a good representation of the local population (Palmer, 2000). The children were assigned to groups by age and each group consisted of half boys and half girls. They were tested in a quiet area, one at a time, where the child was presented with a set of four pictures. Some groups had the picture shown to them in complete silence then placed horizontally in front of them. Another group, was shown the picture and told to verbally identify the picture, then the picture was placed in front of them. The child was then instructed to identify which picture was represented on the other side of the card placed in front of them.
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