Getting the big picture: Development of spatial scaling abilities

Frick, Andrea (2012). Getting the big picture: Development of spatial scaling abilities. Cognitive development, 27(3), pp. 270-282. Elsevier 10.1016/j.cogdev.2012.05.004

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Spatial scaling is an integral aspect of many spatial tasks that involve symbol-to-referent correspondences (e.g., map reading, drawing). In this study, we asked 3–6-year-olds and adults to locate objects in a two-dimensional spatial layout using information from a second spatial representation (map). We examined how scaling factor and reference features, such as the shape of the layout or the presence of landmarks, affect performance. Results showed that spatial scaling on this simple task undergoes considerable development, especially between 3 and 5 years of age. Furthermore, the youngest children showed large individual variability and profited from landmark information. Accuracy differed between scaled and un-scaled items, but not between items using different scaling factors (1:2 vs. 1:4), suggesting that participants encoded relative rather than absolute distances.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Frick, Andrea

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0885-2014

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 09:12

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2017 11:25

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.cogdev.2012.05.004

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/57690

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