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Revista Psicopedagogia

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TOLEDO, Cibelle Soares. Working memory and mathematical ability in children aged 8 to 9 years old. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.111, pp.285-292. ISSN 0103-8486.

Working memory refers to the memory that uses its components - phonological loop, visuospatial sketchpad, episodic buffer and central executive - for temporary maintenance of information for performing mental processes. We investigated the relation between its components and arithmetic abilities through tests conducted on children aged 8 and 9 years in the same grade and school institution. The results showed positive correlation between tests of arithmetic and tasks that assessed visuospatial sketchpad and the manipulation of information (indirect digit span), leading to the conclusion the importance of executive functions for mathematical performance.

Keywords : Working Memory; Executive Functions; Arithmetic.

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