Title page for ETD etd-05262005-121026

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Zaki, Hossam M.
URN etd-05262005-121026
Title Language and Working Memory Capacity in Early Adulthood: Contributions From First and Second Language Proficiency
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bell, Martha Ann Committee Chair
Abraham, Jane L. Committee Member
Dunsmore, Julie C. Committee Member
Hoffman, Kurt A. Committee Member
  • working memory capacity
  • early adulthood
  • Language
Date of Defense 2005-05-20
Availability unrestricted
The aim of this project was to investigate the impact of language proficiency (represented in first and second language) on working memory capacity. A sample of 100 college students from Virginia Tech University completed an on-line survey, performed 2 computer-based working memory capacity tasks (the OSPAN and the Letter Rotation) and had their first language (L1) as well as their second language (L2) proficiency tested. All participants were classified on a five-point likert scale from “poor” to “excellent”. Verbal WMC (as measured by OSPAN) was associated with L2 proficiency. However, the L2 “excellent” group did not differ in their OSPAN from the remaining four groups of L2 proficiency classification. No correlation was found between the two WMC tasks.
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