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ERIC Number: EJ905242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Working Memory and Reactivity
Goo, Jaemyung
Language Learning, v60 n4 p712-752 Dec 2010
The present study explores the relationship between working memory capacity (WMC) and think-alouds, focusing on the issue of reactivity. Two WM span tasks (listening span and operation span) were administered to 42 English-speaking learners of Spanish. Learner performance on reading comprehension and written production was measured under two experimental conditions (think-aloud vs. non-think-aloud conditions). Results showed that think-alouds had negatively affected learner performance on reading comprehension, indicating the presence of reactive effects. Particularly interesting is the finding that reactive effects of think-alouds seem to have occurred in the course of rule learning among the high-WMC learners, but not among the low-WMC learners. The findings suggest that individual differences in WMC should be taken into careful consideration in future research that involves think-aloud protocols.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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