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Hilbert, Sven; Nakagawa, Tristan T.; Puci, Patricia; Zech, Alexandra; Bühner, Markus (2015): The Digit Span Backwards Task. Verbal and Visual Cognitive Strategies in Working Memory Assessment. In: European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Vol. 31, No. 3: pp. 174-180
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The "digit span backwards" (DSB) is the most commonly used test in clinical neuropsychology to assess working memory capacity. Yet, it remains unclear how the task is solved cognitively. The present study was conducted to examine the use of visual and verbal cognitive strategies in the DSB. Further, the relationship between the DSB and a complex span task, based on the Simultaneous Storage and Processing task (Oberauer et al., 2003), was investigated. Visualizers performed better