Grant Title: Improving Vocabulary Learning through Working Memory Training
PI: Young-Suk Kim
Co-PI: Martin Buschkuehl, MIND Research Institute
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Duration: 2 Years
One of the largest challenges in education is promoting oral language development. In particular, vocabulary is a key skill for the development of higher-order oral language skills and literacy skills. New insights from theory- and evidence-based approaches will help children build this foundational skill which in turn will ensure success in school. To this end, researchers will examine the extent to which vocabulary learning is influenced by a child’s cognitive factor (i.e., working memory) and an environmental factor (i.e., input frequency and quality). The two primary goals are (a) to develop and examine the feasibility of implementing working memory training for young children, and (b) to develop working memory training on vocabulary learning, with the potential of mitigating effects of impoverished input often associated with children from low SES backgrounds.