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ERIC Number: EJ902326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Color-Object Interference: Further Tests of an Executive Control Account
La Heij, Wido; Boelens, Harrie
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v108 n1 p156-169 Jan 2011
Young children are slower in naming the color of a meaningful picture than in naming the color of an abstract form (Stroop-like color-object interference). The current experiments tested an executive control account of this phenomenon. First, color-object interference was observed in 6- and 8-year-olds but not in 12- and 16-year-olds (Experiment 1). Second, meaningful pictures did not interfere in 5- to 7-year-olds' manual sorting of objects on the basis of color (Experiment 2) or in their naming the number of colored objects in the display, that is, subitizing (Experiment 3). These findings provide support for the view that color-object interference results from the children's immature inhibition of the prepotent but irrelevant task of object naming. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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