Verbal Short-term Memory and Vocabulary Learning in Polyglots

  title={Verbal Short-term Memory and Vocabulary Learning in Polyglots},
  author={Costanza Papagno and Giuseppe Vallar},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology},
  pages={107 - 98}
  • C. Papagno, G. Vallar
  • Published 1 February 1995
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Polyglot and non-polyglot Italian subjects were given tests assessing verbal (phonological) and visuo-spatial short-term and long-term memory, general intelligence, and vocabulary knowledge in their native language. Polyglots had a superior level of performance in verbal short-term memory tasks (auditory digit span and nonword repetition) and in a paired-associate learning test, which assessed the subjects’ ability to acquire new (Russian) words. By contrast, the two groups had comparable… 
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