Ordered short-term memory differs in signers and speakers: Implications for models of short-term memory

@article{Bavelier2008OrderedSM,
  title={Ordered short-term memory differs in signers and speakers: Implications for models of short-term memory},
  author={Daphne Bavelier and Elissa L. Newport and Matt Hall and Ted Supalla and Mrim Boutla},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={107},
  pages={433-459}
}
Capacity limits in linguistic short-term memory (STM) are typically measured with forward span tasks in which participants are asked to recall lists of words in the order presented. Using such tasks, native signers of American Sign Language (ASL) exhibit smaller spans than native speakers ([Boutla, M., Supalla, T., Newport, E. L., & Bavelier, D. (2004). Short-term memory span: Insights from sign language. Nature Neuroscience, 7(9), 997-1002]). Here, we test the hypothesis that this population… CONTINUE READING

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