COMPARATIVE STUDY OF VERBAL AND SYMBOLIC WORKING MEMORY IN PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS by ProQuest

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									 COMPARATIVE STUDY OF VERBAL AND SYMBOLIC WORKING
          MEMORY IN PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS

                        Ugokwe Ossai, R.N.

                                  &

                      Ucheagwu Valentine, A.



                   Address all correspondence to
                     Ugokwe – Ossai, R.N. Ph.D
                      Department of Psychology,
                     Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
                 P.M.B. 5025 Awka, Anambra State
                     E-mail: afamval@yahoo.com
                  Tel: 08034873660, 08066640319



Abstract
Working memory form the most important part of human day to day
organizational ability. Psychiatric patients are known to show major
impairment in this area. This study was to examine verbal and
symbolic working memory in psychiatric patients. The participants for
the study included twenty one (21) psychiatric patients with age range
of 16-64 with M age of 44.40 and SD age of 4.33. Two different
instruments of seven cards each were used to test the working (both
verbal and symbolic) memory of the participants. Repeated measure
experimental design was used in the study while repeated measure t-
test and One Way Anova statistics were used in data analysis. The
result showed significant differences between verbal and verbal +
symbolic working memory on both serial and total recall among
participants. In addition, the depressives, schizophrenics and
substance induced psychotics differed on serial recall of verbal
working memory. Discussion and recommendations from the study
were made.




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