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Children's picture interpretation:the role of artist intention

Armitage, Emma and Allen, Melissa (2012) Children's picture interpretation:the role of artist intention. In: BPS Developmental Section Conference, 2012-09-052012-09-07, Glasgow.

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Abstract

Pictures represent real world objects and are thus symbolic. What factors do children use to decipher the picture-referent relationship? Some theorists argue that children interpret pictures according to how perceptually similar they are to their referents, termed the realist route. Others contend that children follow the intentional route, taking into consideration what the artist intended the picture to represent. These hypotheses were investigated in two studies, in which the level of conflict between appearance and intentional cues was varied. Children aged 4-6 were presented with four trials, each involving 3- object arrays (e.g. a pink duck, a blue duck and a teddy). The experimenter photographed or drew one of the objects (e.g. blue duck). Due to a ‘printer error’ or using the ‘wrong’ colour crayon, the final picture depicted the referent in greyscale (black and white condition) or the colour of its shape-matched object, e.g. a pink duck (colour change condition). Children were asked three questions regarding the identity of the pictures. Children’s responses were guided by intentional cues in the black and white condition, but appearance in the colour change condition. Overall, picture interpretation is dependent upon the level of cue conflict between picture and referent, and question type.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Journal or Publication Title: BPS Developmental Section Conference
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 60116
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Nov 2012 08:44
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 03:03
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60116

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