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When knowledge is not enough: the phenomenon of goal neglect in preschool children.

Towse, John N. and Lewis, Charlie and Knowles, Mark (2007) When knowledge is not enough: the phenomenon of goal neglect in preschool children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 96 (4). pp. 320-332. ISSN 0022-0965

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    Abstract

    We argue that the concept of goal neglect can be fruitfully applied to understand children’s potential problems in experimental tasks and real-world settings. We describe an assessment of goal neglect developed for administration to preschool children, and report data on two measures derived from this task alongside the Dimensional Change Card Sort (DCCS) and an Opposite-colour responseinhibition task. The propensity to neglect initial task cues was uniquely linked to response-inhibition, while neglect of a later cue was uniquely linked to the DCCS. Additional evidence suggests that recovery from neglect can occur, and shows that goal neglect varies with the cognitive transparency of the signifying cue. Data demonstrate the importance of, and place constraints on, current theories of information-regulation, and foreground the notion of graded representations in working memory and executive functioning.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 96 (4), 2007, © ELSEVIER.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Executive function ; Representation ; Memory ; Attention
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
    ID Code: 11106
    Deposited By: Dr John Towse
    Deposited On: 01 Aug 2008 09:21
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 15:20
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/11106

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