Journal article

PHONOLOGICAL CONFUSABILITY IN SHORT-TERM-MEMORY FOR SENTENCES AS A PREDICTOR OF READING-ABILITY

AF JORM, DL SHARE, R MACLEAN, R MATTHEWS

BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY | BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOC | Published : 1984

Abstract

Upon entry to kindergarten, a group of 477 children was given sentence memory tasks involving rhyming and non-rhyming sentences. These tasks were readministered to the children at the end of Grade 1 when the children were also tested for reading ability. Short-term memory for sentences was found to correlate with Grade 1 reading ability on both occasions when it was tested. Furthermore, at both ages the children found rhyming sentences harder to recall than non-rhyming sentences. However, contrary to some previous research, the study failed to find that poor readers were less severely penalized when the short-term memory sentence stimuli rhymed. The possible role of scaling artifacts in prod..

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