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ERIC Number: EJ786026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
The Emergence of Motor Imagery in Children
Molina, Michele; Tijus, Charles; Jouen, Francois
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v99 n3 p196-209 Mar 2008
A total of 80 children (40 5-year-olds and 40 7-year-olds) took part in an experiment to evaluate their capacity to mentally evoke a motor image of their own displacement. Using a chronometry paradigm, movement duration was compared in a task where children were asked to move in order to take a puppet back to its home (actual) and to think about themselves executing the same action (virtual). Movement durations for actual and virtual displacements were obtained in two conditions, where either no information was provided about the weight of the puppet to be displaced (standard situation) or the puppet was described as being heavy (informed situation). A significant correlation between actual and virtual walking durations was observed for 7-year-olds in the informed condition. This result provides evidence for a motor imagery process emerging in 7-year-olds when children are required to think about themselves in action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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