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ERIC Number: EJ1091282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Chunking Improves Symbolic Sequence Processing and Relies on Working Memory Gating Mechanisms
Solopchuk, Oleg; Alamia, Andrea; Olivier, Etienne; Zénon, Alexandre
Learning & Memory, v23 n3 p108-112 Mar 2016
Chunking, namely the grouping of sequence elements in clusters, is ubiquitous during sequence processing, but its impact on performance remains debated. Here, we found that participants who adopted a consistent chunking strategy during symbolic sequence learning showed a greater improvement of their performance and a larger decrease in cognitive workload over time. Stronger reliance on chunking was also associated with higher scores in a WM updating task, suggesting the contribution of WM gating mechanisms to sequence chunking. Altogether, these results indicate that chunking is a cost-saving strategy that enhances effectiveness of symbolic sequence learning.
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Language: English
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