ERIC Number: ED217023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Age Differences in Short Term Memory: Retention of Location and Distance Cues.
Williams, Kathleen; Turpin, Betty Ann M.
The purpose of this study was to explore how children use location and distance cues to reproduce movements as compared with adults. Subjects were three groups of children, aged 6, 8, and 10, and one group of adults. A linear slide was used by the blindfolded subjects to indicate one of two experimenter-defined stops. Distance and location were tested on separate days. All subjects reproduced locations more accurately than distances, and adults were more accurate than children. Children seemed to use location information to reproduce movements, even when instructed to use distances. It was unexpected that no strong retention interval effect emerged. Subjects may have been cued inadvertantly to rehearse, resulting in performances that did not deteriorate following a retention interval. (Authors/FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Houston, TX, April 22-27, 1982). Prepared in the Motor Development and Child Study Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison.