Piecing together the puzzle of pictorial representation::How jigsaw puzzles index metacognitive development

Doherty, Martin, Wimmer, Marina C., Gollek, Cornelia, Stone, Charlotte and Robinson, Elizabeth (2020) Piecing together the puzzle of pictorial representation::How jigsaw puzzles index metacognitive development. Child Development. ISSN 0009-3920 (In Press)

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Abstract

Jigsaw puzzles are ubiquitous developmental toys in Western societies, used here to examine the development of metarepresentation. For jigsaw puzzles this entails understanding that individual pieces, when assembled, produce a picture. In Experiment 1, 3- to 5-year-olds (N=117) completed jigsaw puzzles that were normal, had no picture, or comprised non-interlocking rectangular pieces. Pictorial puzzle completion was associated with mental and graphical metarepresentational task performance. Guide pictures of completed pictorial puzzles were not useful. In Experiment 2, 3- to 4-year-olds (N=52) completed a simplified task, to choose the correct final piece. Guide-use associated with age and specifically graphical metarepresentation performance. We conclude that the pragmatically natural measure of jigsaw puzzle completion ability demonstrates general and pictorial metarepresentational development at 4 years.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2020 03:16
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 00:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73700
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