ERIC Number: ED024440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
Cognitive and Linguistic Deficits in Psychotic Children. Study M: Development of Selective Attention Abilities.
Hagen, John W.; And Others
Tasks involving several areas of cognitive functioning were given to 10 psychotic children and 30 normal children. Comparisons of performance were made between the two groups and also within the psychotic group. The dimension for differentiation was the psychotic children's varying degree of language facility. The psychotic children were classified into three language facility groups: functional, semifunctional, and nonfunctional. The cognitive abilities tested for were short term memory, discrimination, generalization, transposition, and discrimination reversal. They were chosen because they were significantly language-related or language-mediated. The results of performance on the cognitive functioning tasks showed that (1) the normal children performed consistently better than the psychotic children, (2) the language facility groups of the psychotic children differentiated their performance on the memory task involving a verbal cue, with the functional group performing best, and (3) certain trends in the data suggest a relationship between language functioning and cognitive performance on the tasks investigated. (WD)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Human Growth and Development.