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INJOQUE-RICLE, Irene; PABLO BARREYRO, Juan; CALERO, Alejandra  and  I. BURIN, Débora. Working Memory and vocabulary: An interaction model between Baddeley's memory systems and the verbal crystallized system. Cuad. neuropsicol. [online]. 2012, vol.6, n.1, pp. 33-45. ISSN 0718-4123.

Working Memory is a temporary storage and simultaneous processing system which, according to Baddeley's original model has three components: the Central Executive, responsible of the information processing, and the Visuo-Spatial Sketchpad and the Phonological Loop, responsible of information storage during short periods of time. The aim of this article is to test different models on the relationship among the components of Working Memory and the verbal crystallized system. 180 children of 6-, 8-, and 11-years old participated on the study. The Automated Working Memory Assesment battery, along with Vocabulary of WISC-III were administered. A Path Analysis was conducted to assess the goodness of fit of the models to the empirical data. Results showed that the Central Executive has a dual effect with the verbal system, both directly and through the Phonological Loop. This indicates that retrieval of verbal information doesn't exclusively depends of only one of the Working Memory components.

Keywords : Working Memory; Vocabulary; Crystallized cognitive systems; Path Analysis; Children; AWMA.

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