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Short term memory's effectiveness influenced by sight, sound

d to recall those words in a well-formed sentence, such as "The boat is on the water. The table is square." The order doesn't matter. When people tried this test, both speakers and signers performed equally well, showing that such a test is likely a much better evaluator of cognitive ability than the old ordered-item test.

"It's a better test because it does not require temporal or spatial information to be maintained, but requires people to manipulate language information on the fly, which is really the hallmark of what language use is about," says Bavelier. "Unfortunately, right now the old ordered-list test is still the test of choice in most educational and clinical settings."


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Contact: Jonathan Sherwood
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585-273-4726
University of Rochester
31-Aug-2004


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