Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 9, pp 2956–2967

Phonological and Visuospatial Working Memory in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2835-0

Cite this article as:
Macizo, P., Soriano, M.F. & Paredes, N. J Autism Dev Disord (2016) 46: 2956. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2835-0


We evaluated phonological and visuospatial working memory (WM) in autism spectrum disorders. Autistic children and typically developing children were compared. We used WM tasks that measured phonological and visuospatial WM up to the capacity limit of each children. Overall measures of WM did not show differences between autistic children and control children. However, when the recall of children was examined in detail, autistic children showed reduced phonological WM compared with control children. Moreover, phonological and visuospatial WM did not increase with the age of autistic children while a development of phonological and visuospatial WM with age was found in control children. The pattern of results is discussed in terms of previous studies about WM and autism.


Autism Phonological working memory Visuospatial working memory 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
  • PSI2012–32287
Junta de Andalucía
  • PI-0410-2014

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Psicología Experimental, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain
  2. 2.Mind, Brain and Behavior Research CenterCIMCYCGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Hospital Universitario San Agustín de LinaresUnidad de Salud MentalLinaresSpain
  4. 4.Centro Clínico Marbella PsicologíaMarbellaSpain

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