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ERIC Number: EJ1023513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1471-3802
Analogical Reasoning in Adolescents with Intellectual Disability: Effects of External Memories and Time Processing
Denaes, Caroline; Berger, Jean-Louis
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v14 n2 p82-95 Apr 2014
Analogical reasoning involves the comparison of pictures as well as the memorisation of relations. Young children (4-7 years old) and students with moderate intellectual disability have a short memory span, which hampers them in succeeding traditional analogical tests. In the present study, we investigated if, by providing external memory hints, the visual aid could enable these participants to succeed in analogies comprising more relations than their memory span was able to manage. Our analogical test, composed of 2 × 2 matrices, was administered in two versions: the standard version, similar to traditional tests, required the participant to memorise all the relations involved in order to discover the solution, whereas the construction version required him/her to construct the answer part by part by using external memories, which potentially increased success by offloading the memory. Our results show that students with moderate intellectual disability reached results similar to typically developing control children when provided with external memory hints (referred to as external memories). Moreover, in the most complex levels of the test, they did not spend more time than control children in solving the analogies.
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Language: English
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