Working memory in word reading

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Literature has documented that working memory (WM) is one of the best predictors of literacy and word reading by children and adults. This chapter summarizes some of previous studies on word reading from the perspective of two distinctive modalities in the Baddeley’s multicomponent WM model (i.e., phonological and visuospatial aspects), reviews recent studies on WM in Chinese word reading, and suggests issues that can be further explored in WM and word reading.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Working Memory and Language
EditorsJohn W. Schwieter, Zhisheng (Edward) Wen
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108955638
ISBN (Print)9781108958110, 9781108845342
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameCambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • working memory
  • verbal working memory
  • visuospatial working memory
  • word reading
  • Chinese characters


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