This study examined the mediating role of working memory (WM) in the relation between rapid automatized naming (RAN) and Chinese reading comprehension. Three tasks assessing differentially visual and verbal components of WM were programmed by E-prime 2.0. Data collected from 55 Chinese college students were analyzed using correlations and hierarchical regression methods to determine the connection among RAN, reading comprehension, and WM components. Results showed that WM played a significant mediating role in the RAN-reading relation and that auditory WM made stronger contributions than visual WM. Taking into account of the multi-component nature of WM and the specificity of Chinese reading processing, this study discussed the mediating powers of the WM components, particularly auditory WM, further clarifying the possible components involved in the RAN-reading relation and thus providing some insight into the complicated Chinese reading process.
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The research was supported by China Foundation of Social Sciences Research Project (No. 09BYY02) granted to the corresponding author.
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Weng, X., Li, G. & Li, R. Mediating Effects of Working Memory in the Relation Between Rapid Automatized Naming and Chinese Reading Comprehension. J Psycholinguist Res 45, 945–959 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10936-015-9385-z
- Chinese reading
- Rapid automatized naming
- Working memory
- Mediating effects
- Skilled readers