Self-ordered pointing as a test of working memory in typically developing children

Cragg, Lucy and Nation, Kate (2007) Self-ordered pointing as a test of working memory in typically developing children. Memory, 15 (5). pp. 526-535.

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Abstract

The self-ordered pointing test (SOPT; Petrides & Milner, 1982) is a test of non-spatial executive working

memory requiring the ability to generate and monitor a sequence of responses. Although used with

developmental clinical populations there are few normative data against which to compare atypical

performance. Typically developing children (5!11 years) and young adults performed two versions of the

SOPT, one using pictures of familiar objects and the other hard-to-verbalise abstract designs.

Performance improved with age but the children did not reach adult levels of performance. Participants

of all ages found the object condition easier than the abstract condition, suggesting that verbal processes

are utilised by the SOPT. However, performance on the task was largely independent from verbal and

nonverbal cognitive ability. Overall the results suggest that the SOPT is a sensitive measure of executive working memory.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Cragg, Dr Lucy
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2009 15:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2009 15:19
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1098

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