ERIC Number: ED070025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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The Role of Stimulus-Correlated Activity in Children's Perception.
Two experiments examined the effect of haptic exploration on visual recognition of nonsense forms by 4- to 7-year-old children. In Experiment 1, haptic activity was optional for S. The amount and type of activity was rated. Those Ss who voluntarily produced haptic activity reached criterion in a repeated exposure-test recognition task in fewer trials than Ss who produced no activity. There was a tendency for the effect of haptic activity to decrease with age. In Experiment 2, 4-year olds were trained in haptic exploration and then assigned to predetermined experimental conditions defined by the presence or absence of haptic activity. Again, visual recognition was enhanced by haptic exploration. These experiments are compared with previous studies which failed to demonstrate haptic facilitation of visual recognition, and possible explanations for haptic facilitation are discussed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.