Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Hans Stadthagen-Gonzalez, Ph.D

Advisor Department

Psychology

Abstract

There seems to be differences between children with dyslexia and those without in their ability to follow sequential oral instructions. In this paper this possibility was explored by testing children with and without dyslexia on nine short term memory tasks that represented the different aspects that make up serial instruction. My hypothesis was that those students with dyslexia would have a smaller recall span than the controls for all sequential recall tasks. My hypothesis was not supported by the data; children in the control group only showed a significant advantage on three tasks: memory for items, non-sequential verbal memory span, and non-sequential memory for oral instructions. I also found that the correlation between age and performance was much higher for the children with dyslexia than those without. This could suggest larger differences for younger members of the two groups.

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