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ERIC Number: EJ1028661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1524-8372
The Contribution of Executive Function to Source Memory Development in Early Childhood
Rajan, Vinaya; Cuevas, Kimberly; Bell, Martha Ann
Journal of Cognition and Development, v15 n2 p304-324 2014
Age-related differences in episodic memory judgments assessing recall of fact information and the source of this information were examined. The role of executive function (EF) in supporting early episodic memory ability was also explored. Four- and 6-year-old children were taught 10 novel facts from two different sources (experimenter or puppet), and memory for both fact and source information was later tested. Measures of working memory, inhibitory control, and set shifting were obtained to produce an indicator of children's EF. Six-year-olds recalled more fact and source information than did 4-year-olds. Regression analyses revealed that age, language ability, and EF accounted for unique variance in children's fact recall and source recall performance. These findings suggest a link between episodic memory and EF, and we propose that developmental investigations should further explore this association.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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