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ERIC Number: ED119862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-10
Pages: 25
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Mental Picture Inversion: Left-Right Confusion and Mirror-Imaging in Children and Adults.
Best, Catherine T.
This study examines why the relational concepts of left and right are more difficult to learn than other relational concepts. A total of 72 children from kindergarten, third grade, and sixth grade, and an additional 24 college students were tested individually on a set of six realistic pictures. The task was to reconstruct the depicted scenes on a flannelboard using reversible felt pieces that were asymmetrical left to right. Three instruction conditions were used: copying, rotation, and perspective or self-rotation. The type and number of errors in orienting the felt pieces were recorded. It was found that errors declined with increasing age. Subjects were found to make more left-right than top-bottom orientation errors, particularly in the younger age range and in the more difficult rotation and perspective conditions. It is suggested that the systematic nature of left-right errors at all ages is consistent with a hypothesis that biological factors contribute to greater difficulty in learning left-right than top-bottom. (GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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