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Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span. / Towse, John N.; Hitch, Graham J.; Horton, Neil; Harvey, Katarina.

In: Developmental Science, Vol. 13, No. 5, 09.2010, p. 779-789.

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Towse, JN, Hitch, GJ, Horton, N & Harvey, K 2010, 'Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span', Developmental Science, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 779-789. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00929.x

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Towse, J. N., Hitch, G. J., Horton, N., & Harvey, K. (2010). Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span. Developmental Science, 13(5), 779-789. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00929.x

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Towse JN, Hitch GJ, Horton N, Harvey K. Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span. Developmental Science. 2010 Sep;13(5):779-789. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7687.2009.00929.x

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Towse, John N. ; Hitch, Graham J. ; Horton, Neil ; Harvey, Katarina. / Synergies between processing and memory in children's reading span. In: Developmental Science. 2010 ; Vol. 13, No. 5. pp. 779-789.

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