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Symbolic understanding of pictures and written words share a common source.

Allen, Melissa and Mattock, Karen and Silva, Macarena (2014) Symbolic understanding of pictures and written words share a common source. Journal of Cognition and Culture. (In Press)

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Abstract

Here we examine the hypothesis that symbolic understanding across domains is mediated by a fundamental ‘symbolizing’ ability in young children. We tested 30 children aged 2-4 years on symbolic tasks assessing iconic and non-iconic word-referent and picture-referent understanding and administered standardised tests of symbolic play and receptive language. Children showed understanding of the symbol-referent relation earlier for pictures than written words, and performance within domains was correlated and, importantly, predicted by a marker of general symbolic ability (e.g. pretend play). Performance on picture and written word tasks was also unrelated to language comprehension. Thus, symbolic abilities in specific domains are underpinned by a general symbolizing ability which arises early in development.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 56396
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Jul 2012 20:48
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: In Press
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2014 05:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56396

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