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ERIC Number: EJ858861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Contribution of the Priming Paradigm to the Understanding of the Conceptual Developmental Shift from 5 to 9 Years of Age
Perraudin, Sandrine; Mounoud, Pierre
Developmental Science, v12 n6 p956-977 Nov 2009
We conducted three experiments to study the role of instrumental (e.g. "knife-bread") and categorical (e.g. "cake-bread") relations in the development of conceptual organization with a priming paradigm, by varying the nature of the task (naming--Experiment 1--or categorical decision--Experiments 2 and 3). The participants were 5-, 7- and 9-year-old children and adults. The results showed that on both types of task, adults and 9-year-old children presented instrumental and categorical priming effects, whereas 5-year-old children presented mainly instrumental priming effects, with categorical effects remaining marginal. Moreover, the magnitude of the instrumental priming effects decreased with age. Finally, the priming effects observed for 7-year-old children depended on the task, especially for the categorical effects. The theoretical implications of these results for our understanding of conceptual reorganization from 5 to 9 years of age are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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