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ERIC Number: ED139526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 12
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Aspects of Information Processing Related to Differences in Conceptual Tempo.
Zelniker, Tamar
This study investigates the hypothesis that reflective children have a tendency for detailed analysis of information whereas impulsive children process information more globally, and that differences in strategies of visual information processing of these two conceptual style groups lead to superior performance of reflective children insofar as the tasks commonly employed correspond to their processing strategy. New Matching Familiar Figures (MFF) problems were designed and administered to fourth grade children to tap both kinds of strategies. Impulsive children performed better on MFF problems that required "global" analysis than on problems that required "detail" analysis, while reflective children showed the opposite trend. On the basis of these results it is proposed that impulsive children analyze spatial information in large "chunks" and that reflective children analyze such information in small "chunks." It is further proposed that it takes less time to analyze a stimulus if large "chunks" are the units of analysis. It is concluded that although response latency is an important and stable indicator of cognitive style, accuracy varies according to the degree of compatibility between the subject's strategy of analysis and task requirements. No numerical data are included. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)