ERIC Number: EJ1024450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Attention and Multistep Problem Solving in 24-Month-Old Children
Carrico, Renee L.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v14 n4 p529-545 2013
The current study examined the role of increased attentional load in 24 month-old children's multistep problem-solving behavior. Children solved an object-based nonspatial working-memory search task, to which a motor component of varying difficulty was added. Significant disruptions in search performance were observed with the introduction of the motor component, but the expected differential interference effects based on task difficulty were largely absent. The primary costs to search performance seem to be incurred as the addition of an intermediate subgoal overtaxes working memory through increased goal-monitoring demands, independent of its difficulty.
Descriptors: Attention, Problem Solving, Toddlers, Task Analysis, Difficulty Level, Short Term Memory, Role, Child Behavior, Psychomotor Skills, Interference (Learning), Sequential Approach, Scoring, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts