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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

WOOD, Guilherme Maia de Oliveira; CARVALHO, Maria Raquel Santos; ROTHE-NEVES, Rui  and  HAASE, Vitor Geraldi. Validation of a Battery for Working Memory Assessment (BAMT-UFMG). Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2001, vol.14, n.2, pp. 325-341. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722001000200008.

Working memory may be conceived in terms of storing systems or by means of models of dynamic processes. We adapted a working memory assessment procedure based on a process model for use in Brazil. The model conceives working memory as three interrelated aspects: processing speed or efficiency, temporary storage and coordinative capacity. Results with 832 participants of several ages and educational levels indicate that the procedure is adequate to be used in our cultural environment, preserving the original characteristics and displaying acceptable reliability and validity characteristics. Working memory performance correlated with measures of executive function and fluid intelligence but not with measures of associative episodic memory. This research program will be pursued further examining the clinical neuropsychological usefulness of the BAMT-UFMG.

Keywords : Working memory; executive; intelligence; speed; processing.

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