ERIC Number: EJ1032621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
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Reference Count: 50
The Influence of Cue Reliability and Cue Representation on Spatial Reorientation in Young Children
Lyons, Ian M.; Huttenlocher, Janellen; Ratliff, Kristin R.
Journal of Cognition and Development, v15 n3 p402-413 2014
Previous studies of children's reorientation have focused on cue representation (e.g., whether cues are geometric) as a predictor of performance but have not addressed cue reliability (the regularity of the relation between a given cue and an outcome) as a predictor of performance. Here we address both factors within the same series of experiments. We show that for 18- to 30-month-olds, high cue reliability is a dominant factor positively affecting reorientation behavior. Under conditions of high cue reliability, children use both scalar and nonscalar cues for successful reorientation. By contrast, under conditions of low cue reliability, children successfully use scalar cues but not nonscalar cues, suggesting that mapping of left-right visual features onto a viewer-centric sense of left and right is facilitated when features themselves are ordered. More generally, we suggest that cue-driven spatial reorientation is best understood as part of a broader system capable of flexibly linking stimuli and responses.
Descriptors: Cues, Spatial Ability, Toddlers, Young Children, Reliability, Comparative Analysis, Visual Stimuli, Visual Perception, Scaling, Geometric Concepts, Cognitive Psychology
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