Effect of mental abacus training on working memory for children

  title={Effect of mental abacus training on working memory for children},
  author={Min-Sheng Chen and Tzu-Chang Wang and Chih-Nan Wang},
  journal={Journal of the Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers},
  pages={450 - 457}
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of mental abacus training on children's working memory. To accomplish this, the role played by the visuo-spatial sketchpad and phonological loop with regard to the working memory task in three experiments, and three distraction tasks were manipulated to investigate it. The results of experiments 1–3 suggest that training to perform mental arithmetic calculations and digit span enhances participants’ ability to retain visuo-spatial and… 

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