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The Impact of Access to Verbal Language on Working Memory: A Study of Working Memory on Profoundly Deaf Adults

Matthews, Jane (2022) The Impact of Access to Verbal Language on Working Memory: A Study of Working Memory on Profoundly Deaf Adults. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Working Memory, the ability to retain, manipulate and recall small amounts of information is vital for planning, comprehension, reasoning and problem solving. A core concept of Working Memory is the exercise of the phonological loop and sub-rehearsal. Studies have suggested Deaf individuals suffer by comparison with their hearing counterparts on Working Memory tasks. Tests using core elements of verbal language, e.g. digit spans or narrative discourse may create a bias against profoundly deaf individuals who have never heard verbal language. This current study uses the Corsi test on deaf and hearing participants recruited through social media. A one-way ANOVA examined the relationship between hearing status and Working Memory as measured by scores on the Corsi test. Findings did not support a relationship between hearing status and Working Memory. A two way between groups ANOVA was used to examine the possibility that hearing status, access to language inside participants own modality and Working Memory was correlational. Access to language was operationalised by participants parents primary language matching their own. There was no significant relationship found. It is this researchers opinion that and examination of the validity of Working Memory tests in use on Deaf participants be conducted.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > Language Acquisition
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 15:57
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2022 15:57
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5662

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