Developmental continuity in the processes that underlie spatial recall

Spencer, John P. ORCID: and Hund, Alycia M. (2003) Developmental continuity in the processes that underlie spatial recall. Cognitive Psychology, 47 (4). pp. 432-480. ISSN 0010-0285

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This study investigated whether children's spatial recall performance shows three separable characteristics: (1) biases away from symmetry axes (geometric effects); (2) systematic drift over delays; and (3) biases toward the exemplar distribution experienced in the task (experience-dependent effects). In Experiment 1, the location of one target within each geometric category was varied. Children's responses showed biases away from a midline axis that increased over delays. In Experiment 2, multiple targets were placed within each category at the same locations used in Experiment 1. After removing geometric effects, 6-year-olds'-but not 11-year-olds'-responses were biased toward the average remembered location over learning. In Experiment 3, children responded to one target more frequently than the others. Both 6- and 11-year-olds showed biases toward the most frequent target over learning. These results provide a bridge between the performance of younger children and adults, demonstrating continuity in the processes that underlie spatial memory abilities across development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive development,developmental continuity,developmental discontinuity,location memory,memory models,models of development,spatial cognition,spatial prototypes,spatial recall,working memory
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Developmental Science
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 17:02
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:26
DOI: 10.1016/S0010-0285(03)00099-9

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