Allen, Melissa and Mattock, Karen and Silva, Macarena (2013) Symbolic understanding of pictures and written words share a common source. Journal of Cognition and Culture. (In Press)Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Cognition and Culture|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Departments:||Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology|
|Deposited On:||26 Jul 2012 20:48|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 20:48|
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