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ERIC Number: EJ793435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Sorting between Dimensions: Conditions of Cognitive Flexibility in Preschoolers
Kloo, Daniela; Perner, Josef; Kerschhuber, Angelika; Dabernig, Sandra; Aichhorn, Markus
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v100 n2 p115-134 Jun 2008
The Dimensional Change Card Sorting task frequently is used to measure extradimensional shifting abilities in preschool children. In two studies, we investigated what makes this extradimensional shifting task difficult. In Study 1 with 61 2- to 4-year-olds, we showed that extradimensional shifts from one dimension to another are more difficult than reversal shifts within a dimension (even with irrelevant variation on a second dimension). Study 2 with 77 3- and 4-year-olds further confirmed this finding using a computerized paradigm and showed that sorting instructions are critical for 3-year-olds' difficulties with extradimensional shifts. This finding is taken to suggest that 3-year-olds have particular problems with spontaneously classifying one object in two different ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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