Working memory in children with autism and with moderate learning difficulties

J Russell, C Jarrold, L Henry

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Abstract

We asked whether children with autism are specifically impaired on tests of working memory. Experiment 1 showed that children with autism were at least as likely as normal children to employ articulatory rehearsal (criterion: evincing the ''word length effect'') and that they had superior spans to that of children with moderate learning difficulties. In Experiment 2, participants were given ''capacity tasks'' in order to examine group differences in the capacity of the central executive of working memory. The performance of the children with autism was inferior to that of the normally developing group and similar to that of the children with moderate learning difficulties. Copyright (C) 1996 Association for Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Translated title of the contributionWorking memory in children with autism and with moderate learning difficulties
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673 - 686
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

Structured keywords

  • Developmental

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