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ERIC Number: EJ923275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
The Influence of Relational Complexity and Strategy Selection on Children's Reasoning in the Latin Square Task
Perret, Patrick; Bailleux, Christine; Dauvier, Bruno
Cognitive Development, v26 n2 p127-141 Apr-Jun 2011
The present study focused on children's deductive reasoning when performing the Latin Square Task, an experimental task designed to explore the influence of relational complexity. Building on Birney, Halford, and Andrew's (2006) research, we created a version of the task that minimized nonrelational factors and introduced new categories of items. The results of two experiments conducted with school-aged children yielded an apparent dilution of complexity effects and suggest that specific inferential strategies can reduce the relational complexity that children need to process. A theoretical account is proposed emphasizing the influence of adaptive selection of strategies that mediate processing capacity constraints in reasoning development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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