Generality with specificity: the dynamic field theory generalizes across tasks and time scales

Simmering, Vanessa R. and Spencer, John P. (2008) Generality with specificity: the dynamic field theory generalizes across tasks and time scales. Developmental Science, 11 (4). pp. 541-555. ISSN 1363-755X

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Abstract

A central goal in cognitive and developmental science is to develop models of behavior that can generalize across both tasks and development while maintaining a commitment to detailed behavioral prediction. This paper presents tests of one such model, the Dynamic Field Theory (DFT). The DFT was originally proposed to capture delay-dependent biases in spatial recall and developmental changes in spatial recall performance. More recently, the theory was generalized to adults’ performance in a second spatial working memory task, position discrimination. Here we use the theory to predict a specific, complex developmental pattern in position discrimination. Data with 3- to 6-year-old children and adults confirm these predictions, demonstrating that the DFT achieves generality across tasks and time scales, as well as the specificity necessary to generate novel, falsifiable predictions.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 16:01
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 21:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/55246
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00700.x

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