ERIC Number: ED100993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Symbol Processing Abilities.
Visual and auditory stimuli were presented to children to measure symbol processing abilities. Slides which required matching the similarities in two objects in a group of three were presented. At times the matching criteria varied between function, color, and form. Reaction time was quicker when matching by color than by function, which was faster than when matching was done by form. An unconscious preference for matching by form was exhibited due to longer reaction times. Fatigue had a greater influence on performance among poor readers than among good readers. Familiarity with symbols facilitated synthesis of information especially when children used a robot monkey device whose activities they could program by pressing symbol-coded buttons on a control console. Through this device, children learned to form whole chains of symbols together. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 1974). Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document