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Drawing the line: Drawing and construction strategies for simple and complex figures in Williams syndrome and typical development

Hudson, Kerry D. and Farran, Emily K. (2011) Drawing the line: Drawing and construction strategies for simple and complex figures in Williams syndrome and typical development BRITISH JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY, 29 (4). pp. 687-706.

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Abstract

n the typical population, a series of drawing strategies have been outlined, which progressively emerge during childhood. Individuals with Williams syndrome (WS), a rare genetic disorder, produce drawings that lack cohesion, yet drawing strategies in this group have hitherto not been investigated. In this study, WS and typically developing (TD) groups drew and constructed (from pre-drawn lines and shapes) a series of intersecting and embedded figures. Participants with WS made use of the same strategies as the TD group for simple intersecting figures, though were less likely to use a typical strategy for more complex figures that contained many spatial relations. When replicating embedded shapes, the WS group used typical drawing strategies less frequently than the TD group, despite attempting to initiate a strategy that is observed in TD children. Results suggested that individuals with WS show a particular difficulty with replicating figures that include multiple spatial relations. The impact of figure complexity and task demands on performance are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Hudson, Kerry D.
Farran, Emily K.e.farran@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 November 2011
DOI : 10.1348/2044-835X.002000
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2010 The British Psychological Society
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 28 Jun 2019 09:51
Last Modified : 28 Jun 2019 09:51
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/850234

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