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Comparison of Two Working Memory Test Paradigms: Correlation with Academic Performance in School-Aged Children

Sharon Cameron1,2*, Helen Glyde1,2 and Harvey Dillon1,2

1National Acoustic Laboratories, Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University, NSW, 2109, Australia.

2HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, 550 Swanston Street, Audiology, Hearing and Speech Sciences, The University of Melbourne, VIC, 3010, Australia.

*Corresponding Author:
Sharon Cameron, PhD
Senior Research Scientist,National Acoustic Laboratories
Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109, Australia
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Received date: May 13, 2014; Accepted date: July 22, 2014; Published date: July 29, 2014

Citation: Sharon Cameron, Helen Glyde,Harvey Dillon (2014) Comparison of Two Working Memory Test Paradigms: Correlation with Academic Performance in School-Aged Children. Int J Sch Cog Psychol 1:110. doi:10.4172/2469-9837.1000110

Copyright: © 2014 Cameron, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between two different working memory task paradigms and academic achievement. Participants were 202 Australian primary-school children who were assessed on the Complex Auditory Span Evaluation (CASE) - a dual-task paradigm - and a reverse digit span paradigm, the number memory reversed test (NMR). Performance was correlated against the participants’ National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results. Both the CASE and NMR were significant predictors of academic ability in literacy and numeracy. Whereas there was a significant correlation between the CASE and NMR, the relationship was weak (r=0.18, p=0.012). It was concluded that, although both types of test are related to academic achievement, NMR and dual-task paradigm tasks may be differentially sensitive to the working memory abilities required in different real-world situations. This result has implications for use of such tasks to predict academic performance.


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