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ERIC Number: EJ871389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Do Children Profit from Looking beyond Looks? From Similarity-Based to Cue Abstraction Processes in Multiple-Cue Judgment
von Helversen, Bettina; Mata, Rui; Olsson, Henrik
Developmental Psychology, v46 n1 p220-229 Jan 2010
The authors investigated the ability of 9- to 11-year-olds and of adults to use similarity-based and rule-based processes as a function of task characteristics in a task that can be considered either a categorization task or a multiple-cue judgment task, depending on the nature of the criterion (binary vs. continuous). Both children and adults relied on similarity-based processes in the categorization task. However, adults relied on cue abstraction in the multiple-cue judgment task, whereas the majority of children continued to rely on similarity-based processes. Reliance on cue abstraction resulted in better judgments for adults but not for children in the multiple-cue judgment task. This suggests that 9- to 11-year-olds may have defaulted to similarity-based processes because they were not able to employ a cue abstraction process efficiently. (Contains 5 tables, 2 figures and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany