The relation between hiding skill and judgment of eye direction in preschool children

McGuigan, N. and Doherty, M.J. (2002) The relation between hiding skill and judgment of eye direction in preschool children. Developmental Psychology, 38 (3). pp. 418-427. ISSN 0012-1649

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This study examines J. H. Flavell, S. G. Shipstead, and K. Croft's (1978) finding that 2 1/2-year-old children can hide an object behind a screen but cannot achieve the same result by placing the screen in front of the object. Experiment 1 replicated this finding alongside a task in which children judged what a person in a picture was looking at. Performance on the move-object task approached ceiling; performances on the move-screen and looking-where tasks were highly correlated even after age and control task performance were partialed out (r = .54, p <.01). Experiment 2 examined whether the finding resulted because the object was more interesting to manipulate than the screen. The move-object task remained easier than the move-screen task with an interesting screen and a dull object. The move-screen task again correlated specifically with the looking-where task. Results are explained in terms of engagement, a precursor to a mature understanding of attention.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 12:01
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 21:57
DOI: 10.1037//0012-1649.38.3.418

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