Asked 20th Jun, 2014

Do orthographic LTM representations influence verbal short-term memory?

Is there someone who have already investigated this issue with or without success? There is very few studies on this issue, especially regarding the orthographic influence on auditory STM tasks. Yet, orthographic representations are highly connected with phonological representations and may be activated during speech processing. Therefore, orthographic knowledge might help the recall of the words or non-words in certain situations (e.g., in case of phonologic similarity but orthographic dissimilarity as it has been showed in Pattamadilock et al. 2010).
Maybe some of you have tried to investigate this question in a different way ? Or more generally, have examined if reading acquisition influences the development of WM or verbal STM (that's my question of research)

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18th Jul, 2014
Catherine Demoulin
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Thanks for your answer Marie-Line. I know the very interesting work of you lab and also the fact that there is an influence of orthographic knowledge on metaphonological tasks and spoken words perception, but regarding its influence on verbal STM auditory task, few published studies have directly investigated this question (e.g., Pattamadilok, Lafontaine, Morais, & Kolinsky, 2010) despite its relevance. So, maybe one of the reason is that some researchers in the reading or WM field have tried.. but without too much success. I am also interested in negative results about this issue

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