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ERIC Number: EJ877716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
Use of Geometry for Spatial Reorientation in Children Applies Only to Symmetric Spaces
Lew, Adina R.; Gibbons, Bryony; Murphy, Caroline; Bremner, J. Gavin
Developmental Science, v13 n3 p490-498 May 2010
Proponents of the geometric module hypothesis argue that following disorientation, many species reorient by use of macro-environment geometry. It is suggested that attention to the surface layout geometry of natural terrain features may have been selected for over evolutionary time due to the enduring and unambiguous location information it provides. Paradoxically, however, tests of the hypothesis have been exclusively conducted in symmetric (hence "unnatural" and geometrically ambiguous) environments. The present series of studies examines reorientation by 18-month-3-year-old children in a rectangular versus irregular quadrilateral enclosure (Study 1), a rectangular versus irregular quadrilateral array (Study 2) and an isosceles versus irregular triangular array (Study 3). Children were successful in symmetric but not asymmetric environments, casting doubt on the functional argument for an empirical basis of the geometric module hypothesis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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