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SPATIAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND SELF-INITIATED ACTIVE MOVEMENT: A DEVELOPMENTAL STUDY

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1977
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A spatial transformation task was administered to two groups of children under one of three conditions: active subject-movement, passive subject-movement and stimulus array-rotation. In the younger group (5-7 years) subjects did significantly better in the active subject-movement than in the array-rotation condition. The active-passive distinction was not significant. Performance improved significantly with age. While there were no statistically significant differences between conditions in the older group (8-9 years), a trend toward reversal in level of difficulty between the array-rotation and subject-move conditions was noted. These findings were related to possible differences between young, pre-operational children who depend on topological cues and a stable relationship between the stimulus and the external background context and older, concrete operational children for whom spatial concepts are internalized such that actual movement might compete with imagined movement. Significant sex differences, favoring boys, emerged in the older group.
Title: SPATIAL TRANSFORMATIONS AND SELF-INITIATED ACTIVE MOVEMENT: A DEVELOPMENTAL STUDY.
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Name(s): SULLIVAN, MARJORIE ANN.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1977
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 51 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: A spatial transformation task was administered to two groups of children under one of three conditions: active subject-movement, passive subject-movement and stimulus array-rotation. In the younger group (5-7 years) subjects did significantly better in the active subject-movement than in the array-rotation condition. The active-passive distinction was not significant. Performance improved significantly with age. While there were no statistically significant differences between conditions in the older group (8-9 years), a trend toward reversal in level of difficulty between the array-rotation and subject-move conditions was noted. These findings were related to possible differences between young, pre-operational children who depend on topological cues and a stable relationship between the stimulus and the external background context and older, concrete operational children for whom spatial concepts are internalized such that actual movement might compete with imagined movement. Significant sex differences, favoring boys, emerged in the older group.
Identifier: 13897 (digitool), FADT13897 (IID), fau:10723 (fedora)
Note(s): Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1977.
Subject(s): Space perception in children
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