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ERIC Number: EJ884656
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Exploring the Effects of Similarity on Mapping Spatial Relations
Vasilyeva, Marina; Bowers, Edmond
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v106 n4 p221-239 Aug 2010
Solving a map task requires transferring information acquired in one spatial context to another context, an ability that marks an important step in cognitive development. This study investigated how preschoolers' mapping performance was affected by the extent of similarity between spaces. Whereas prior work examined effects of similarity in tasks involving matching individual objects, our tasks required considering spatial relations among objects. We found that the accuracy of mapping between two spaces with somewhat different perceptual features was higher than the accuracy of mapping between spaces with identical features. Yet, a further increase in differences between the two spaces had a detrimental effect on mapping. The results suggest that some degree of similarity between spaces is beneficial to children's ability to transfer relational information. However, when the spaces have the same surface features, it may draw children's attention to individual objects and inhibit their ability to focus on common relations across contexts. (Contains 5 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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