Journal article

Rote memory and arithmetic fact processing

Virginia M Holmes, Jennifer McGregor

MEMORY & COGNITION | PSYCHONOMIC SOC INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

The goal of the study was to examine the part played by skill in memorizing arbitrary sequences in the efficiency with which normal young adults perform simple arithmetic fact problems. The first experiment showed a clear independent role for sequence memory in all arithmetic fact processing, but a lesser role for semantic retrieval. This result was particularly true for large-answer multiplication problems and subtraction and division problems with large first operands. In a second experiment, which included a visuomotor processing control task, sequence memory predicted processing of all arithmetic problems apart from small additions independently of semantic retrieval, with the most robus..

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