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Working memory, language, and classroom learning

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Working memory, the cognitive system that provides temporary storage of information to support ongoing cognitive activities, is now known to play a key role in supporting children’s learning. The phonological loop component supports learning of new words, and is impaired in developmental disorders such as Specific Language Impairment that are characterised by deficits in vocabulary acquisition. The central executive component contributes more broadly to academic learning in curriculum areas such as reading and maths. Recent methods for overcoming developmental deficits in working memory will be discussed.

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