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A step at a time: preliterate children's simulation of narrative movement during story comprehension.
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PMID:  20605018     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A growing body of work suggests that narrative comprehension involves the simulation of the described events and actions (e.g., Barsalou, 2008; Matlock, 2004). Preliterate children's ability to simulate a narrative character's movements is explored here in three studies. Children's simulations of a character's movements were found to be constrained by their expectation of the duration of the described activities (i.e., walking vs. driving) and by their expectations about the motivating influence of certain psychological factors (i.e., character being eager or not eager to get to a location). These findings reveal an ability among preliterate children to create impressively rich and dynamic mental representations of narrative events and address, with a novel methodology, an identified need for greater exploration of precursors to narrative comprehension.
Agnieszka M Fecica; Daniela K O'Neill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognition     Volume:  116     ISSN:  1873-7838     ISO Abbreviation:  Cognition     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-02     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0367541     Medline TA:  Cognition     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  368-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
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2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L3G1, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development
Child, Preschool

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