ERIC Number: ED567761
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
The Role of Working Memory and Text Coherence in Chinese Text Comprehension
Chang, Sau Hou; Henley, Tracy B.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between working memory and text coherence in Chinese text comprehension. Eighty-six participants completed an operation-character working memory span task to be classified into low-span and high-span readers and a reading task to measure the time to detect inconsistency as well as the accuracy of recall. From the results, high-span readers took less time to detect inconsistency and had better recall, whereas low-span readers took longer time to detect inconsistency and had more memory distortions. In addition, readers took more time to read passages with coherence breaks and distorted more and substituted more information in passages with coherence breaks. However, coherence breaks did not facilitate their recall as has been suggested by previous studies.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Macau