ERIC Number: ED244506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-28
Developmental Memory Span for Familiar Auditory Stimuli: Salience of the Perceptual Sign and the Linguistic Symbol. [Final Report].
The study, a comparison between moderately and severely mentally handicapped children, and nonhandicapped children, explored memory span over the developmental age range of 3-6 years. A batch-processing adaptation of a task involving auditory-visual matching was used. Age effects and effects of stimulus mode on recognition ability and span were the factors of principal research interest in repeated-measures, factorial designs. In both studies, retarded Ss were found to perform as well as the nonretarded Ss when the stimuli were perceptual but significantly less well than nonretarded Ss when the stimuli were linguistic. Findings supported the hypothesis of memory span growth with age but suggested that the batch-processing recognition procedure may not be the best approach to studying memory. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A