May 29, 2018 (Tuesday)
18:30 – 19:30pm
Room 102, 1/F, KK Leung Building, HKU
Chair: Professor Stephanie Stokes

Event Poster

Compared to children with typical development, children with dyslexia, language impairment, or both often
demonstrate working memory deficits. It is unclear how pervasive the deficits are, or whether the deficits align
with diagnostic category. The purpose of this study was to determine whether different working memory
profiles would emerge on a comprehensive battery of central executive, phonological, and visuospatial
working memory tasks and whether these profiles were closely associated with group membership. This talk
will review: (1) our team’s work to build a comprehensive battery of working memory for children, (2) the use
of data from that battery to test models of working memory, and (3) the resulting working memory profiles that
emerge for children with different clinical diagnoses.


Dr. Mary Alt is an Associate Professor and certified speech-language pathologist at
the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of
Arizona. Her research focuses on answering the question: How do people learn words
and the concepts associated with those words? She is currently interested in
understanding the cognitive mechanisms that underlie learning and applying that
understanding to improving word learning interventions. She explores this question
with a wide range of populations from toddlers to adults, with monolingual and bilingual
populations, and with people with and without language impairments.