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Component Analysis of Simple Span vs. Complex Span Adaptive Working Memory Exercises: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.
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PMID:  23066524     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
There has been growing interest in using adaptive training interventions such as Cogmed-RM to increase the capacity of working memory (WM), but this intervention may not be optimally designed. For instance, Cogmed-RM can target the primary memory (PM) component of WM capacity, but not the secondary memory (SM) component. The present study hypothesized that Cogmed-RM does not target SM capacity because the simple span exercises it uses may not cause a sufficient amount of information to be lost from PM during training. To investigate, we randomly assigned participants to either a standard (simple span; N = 31) or a modified (complex span; N = 30) training condition. The main findings showed that SM capacity did not improve, even in the modified training condition. Hence, the potency of span-based WM interventions cannot be increased simply by converting simple span exercises into complex span exercises.
Bradley S Gibson; William G Kronenberger; Dawn M Gondoli; Ann C Johnson; Rebecca A Morrissey; Christine M Steeger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-7-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of applied research in memory and cognition     Volume:  1     ISSN:  2211-3681     ISO Abbreviation:  J Appl Res Mem Cogn     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101576946     Medline TA:  J Appl Res Mem Cogn     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  179-184     Citation Subset:  -    
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
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