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ERIC Number: EJ850483
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Young Children Who Abandon Error Behaviourally Still Have to Free Themselves Mentally: A Retrospective Test for Inhibition in Intuitive Physics
Freeman, Norman H.; Hood, Bruce M.; Meehan, Caroline
Developmental Science, v7 n3 p277-282 Jun 2004
When preschoolers overcome persistent error, subsequent patterns of correct choices may identify how the error had been overcome. Children who no longer misrepresented a ball rolling down a bent tube as though it could only fall vertically, were asked sometimes to approach and sometimes to avoid where the ball landed. All children showed requisite task-switching flexibility. The pattern of 4-year-olds' correct choices among different places showed unnecessary avoidance of any place that would previously have tempted them into a vertical-approach error, 5-year-olds rebounded into a reversal, and 7-year-olds were flexible. The data attest to an inhibition mechanism, ruling out competing possibilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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