Working memory and inattentive behaviour in a community sample of children.

Behav Brain Funct 2007 Feb 23;3:12. Epub 2007 Feb 23.

Human Development and Applied Psychology, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6, Canada.

Background: Existing literature to date suggests a relationship between cognitive attention and working memory (WM), but the relationship between overt inattentive behaviour and WM is less clear. This study examined the relationship between WM and parent-rated inattentive behaviour in a community sample of 140 children aged 7-12 years.

Methods: Children completed 2 clinical (laboratory-based) measures of WM (auditory-verbal and visual-spatial) and a measure of real-life WM, designed specifically for this study, while their parents completed questionnaires about their child's inattentive behaviour and other areas of functioning.

Results: Findings indicated that poorer performance on WM tasks predicted inattentive behaviour.

Conclusion: These results are consistent with previous research linking WM deficits and poor attention in ADHD and normal populations. The present findings support a controlled attention model of WM.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1744-9081-3-12DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1820786PMC
February 2007

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