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ERIC Number: EJ941047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0261-510X
Drawing Boundaries: From Individual to Common Region--The Development of Spatial Region Attribution in Children
Lange-Kuttner, C.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v24 n2 p419-427 Jun 2006
The study investigated at what age children draw boundaries around pairs of objects that share either similarity or proximity. In two studies (N=132 and N=252) using a Wertheimer array, a clear age trend between 4 and 8 years showed that while young children were more likely to code objects into individual regions, older children were more likely to attribute common regions to pairs of dots. Unsystematic coding occurred as a transitional pattern until age 6, but except for the youngest group, at all ages a proportion of children drew boundaries of common region around arbitrary numbers of stimuli. Future research might show whether constructing exact, stimulus-matched boundaries of common region is a performance predictor in other cognitive domains, such as visual memory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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