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The effect of horizontal versus vertical task presentation on children's performance in coordinate tasks

Worsfold, N, Davis, A and De Bruyn, B, (2008) The effect of horizontal versus vertical task presentation on children's performance in coordinate tasks Perception, 37 (11). pp. 1667-1676.

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Empirical work on children’s ability to understand spatial coordinates has focused on the factors that increase children’s proficiency. When interpreting performance, it should be considered that presenting a coordinate task on a horizontal surface might constrain the responses that children make because some target positions are further away from the child than others. Vertical task presentation removes this constraint. Children aged 3 to 9 years were presented with an interpretative coordinate task administered on a touchscreen, presented in an egocentric-vertical position or egocentric-horizontal position. The results show that for 5- to 7-year-old children vertical presentation led to far more correct responses than horizontal presentation. Analysis of the children’s errors suggests that this may be due to the fact that vertical presentation suppresses children’s bias towards responding in relation to one rather than both coordinates. Taken together these findings contribute to understanding why children’s performance in xy coordination tasks is highly contextually sensitive.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date : 2008
Identification Number : 10.1068/p5890
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Additional Information : Worsfold, N., Davies, A., & De Bruyn (2008). The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in [Perception, 37(11), 1667-1676, 2008. DOI: 10.1068/p5890.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 01 Feb 2013 14:16
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 19:19

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