ERIC Number: EJ814970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Which Working Memory Functions Predict Intelligence?
Oberauer, Klaus; Sub, Heinz-Martin; Wilhelm, Oliver; Wittmann, Werner W.
Intelligence, v36 n6 p641-652 Nov-Dec 2008
Investigates the relationship between three factors of working memory (storage and processing, relational integration, and supervision) and four factors of intelligence (reasoning, speed, memory, and creativity) using structural equation models. Relational integration predicted reasoning ability at least as well as the storage-and-processing construct. Supervision, measured as specific switch costs, was not related to intelligence, but general switch costs were moderately correlated to the reasoning factor. The results question the view of working memory as a device for storage and processing, and the executive-attention account of working memory. They are better explained by theories describing working memory as a system for building relational representations through temporary bindings between component representations. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Theories, Prediction, Intelligence, Structural Equation Models, Short Term Memory, Correlation, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Measurement
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