Longitudinal study of declarative and procedural memory in primary school-aged children

Jarrad Lum, Evan Kidd, Sarah Davis, Gina Conti-Ramsden

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    This study examined the development of declarative and procedural memory longitudinally in primary school-aged children. At present, although there is a general consensus that age-related improvements during this period can be found for declarative memory, there are conflicting data on the developmental trajectory of the procedural memory system. At Time 1 children aged around 5 1/2 years were presented with measures of declarative and procedural memory. The tasks were then administered 12 months later. Performance on the declarative memory task was found to improve at a faster rate in comparison to the procedural memory task. The findings of the study support the view that multiple memory systems reach functional maturity at different points in development. © The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)139-148
    Number of pages9
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


    • Declarative memory
    • Memory development
    • Procedural memory


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