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ERIC Number: EJ947410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Examining Age-Related Movement Representations for Sequential (Fine-Motor) Finger Movements
Gabbard, Carl; Cacola, Priscila; Bobbio, Tatiana
Brain and Cognition, v77 n3 p459-463 Dec 2011
Theory suggests that imagined and executed movement planning relies on internal models for action. Using a chronometry paradigm to compare the movement duration of imagined and executed movements, we tested children aged 7-11 years and adults on their ability to perform sequential finger movements. Underscoring this tactic was our desire to gain a better understanding of the age-related ability to create internal models for action requiring fine-motor movements. The task required number recognition and ordering and was presented in three levels of complexity. Results for movement duration indicated that 7-year-olds and adults were different from the other groups with no statistical distinction between 9- and 11-year-olds. Correlation analysis indicated a significant relationship between imagined and executed actions. These results are the first to document the increasing convergence between imagined and executed movements in the context of fine-motor behavior; a finding that adds to our understanding of action representation in children. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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