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A working memory test battery: Java-based collection of seven working memory tasks

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Article numbere5
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>5/06/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Open Research Software
Volume3
Number of pages9
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Working memory is a key construct within cognitive science. It is an important theory in its own right, but the influence of working memory is enriched due to the widespread evidence that measures of its capacity are linked to a variety of functions in wider cognition. To facilitate the active research environment into this topic, we describe seven computer-based tasks that provide estimates of short-term and working memory incorporating both visuospatial and verbal material. The memory span tasks provided are; digit span, matrix span, arrow span, reading span, operation span, rotation span, and symmetry span. These tasks are built to be simple to use, flexible to adapt to the specific needs of the research design, and are open source. All files can be downloaded from the project website http://www.cognitivetools.uk and the source code is available via Github.