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Measuring Working Memory Capacity with the Letter-Number Sequencing Task: Advantages of Visual Administration

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posted on 14.01.2019 by Marta K. Mielicki, Rebecca H. Koppel, Gabriela Valencia, Jennifer Wiley
Working memory capacity (WMC) plays a major role in many applied contexts, and it is important to be able to accurately measure this construct. The current studies tested whether the modality of administration of the Letter-Number Sequencing task affects performance on the task. The Letter-Number Sequencing task is a WMC measure included as part of the WAIS-III and WAIS-IV test batteries. The task involves hearing a series of letters and digits, and then reporting back the stimuli with the letters in alphabetical order, and digits in ascending numerical order. The task is traditionally administered orally, but recent studies have administered versions of the tasks visually by displaying stimuli on a computer screen. Results suggest that performance differences on the Letter-Number Sequencing task may arise as a function of language background and task administration modality.

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We are grateful to Sonia Soto for help with data collection and Jennifer Chun for her help with data collection and data coding. This research was supported by grants from the UIC Department of Psychology and the Honors College in support of undergraduate research.

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This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Mielicki, M. K., Koppel, R. H., Valencia, G., & Wiley, J. (2018). Measuring working memory capacity with the letter-number sequencing task: Advantages of visual administration. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32(6), 805-814, which has been published in final form at 10.1002/acp.3468.

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Mielicki, M. K., Koppel, R. H., Valencia, G., & Wiley, J. (2018). Measuring working memory capacity with the letter-number sequencing task: Advantages of visual administration. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 32(6), 805-814. doi:10.1002/acp.3468

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Wiley

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en_US

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0888-4080

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03/10/2018

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