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Area-matching strategies used by young children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6520584     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Across three studies, conditions were varied under which children aged 4-5 years matched the area of a rectangle with a given width (or height) to that of a square. In the first study, subjects observed the rectangle being changed in height from trial to trial and had access to their immediately preceding response. Under these conditions, rectangle width (the dimension under subject control) was a linear decreasing function of rectangle height. This function was interpreted as evidence for a hypothetical addition/subtraction strategy for maintaining equality in area between the comparison rectangle and the standard square. As a test of this hypothesis, in a second experiment the subjects were denied access to their immediately previous response, and in a third study they were also unable to observe the rectangle as it was altered by the experimenter between trials. The purpose of these changes was to remove the information necessary for readily implementing an addition/subtraction strategy. In both studies, area matches seemed to be based on a side-matching strategy, such that subjects matched one dimension of the rectangle to one side of the standard square. It was suggested that young children use different cues or strategies with different variants of the matching task because they do not possess a fixed, specific concept of area.
I W Silverman; K York; N Zuidema
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of experimental child psychology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0022-0965     ISO Abbreviation:  J Exp Child Psychol     Publication Date:  1984 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-03-05     Completed Date:  1985-03-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985128R     Medline TA:  J Exp Child Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  464-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Concept Formation
Discrimination Learning*
Form Perception*
Size Perception*

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