ERIC Number: ED086339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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The Modification of Attentional Strategies in Children.
Gaines, Pamela Dianne
Two techniques were used to modify an impulsive conceptual tempo on a visual discrimination task. The subjects were 42 first grade white children who had previously been classified as impulsive or near-impulsive on the Matching Familiar Figures Test given to 82 children. These subjects, who had scored above the median on errors and below the median on latency, consisted of 21 boys and 21 girls who were randomly assigned to three conditions: forced delay of response, trained visual scanning, and a control condition. Two training tasks were used during two half hour training sessions for the experimental groups: the Haptic Visual Matching test and the Conceptual Styles Test. The results did not reach statistical significance, but indicated a trend of increased response latency and decreased match-to-sample errors for both experimental manipulations. Both experimental groups, compared to the control group, modified impulsivity to some extent, especially for boys. Comparing the visual scanning training group with the forced-delay group, the former tended to increase latency more for the boys; there was no significant difference between the two techniques in decreasing errors. (Author/SET)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Dept. of Psychology.
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