Children's scale errors and object processing:Early evidence for cross-cultural differences

Ishibashi, M. and Twomey, K.E. and Westermann, G. and Uehara, I. (2021) Children's scale errors and object processing:Early evidence for cross-cultural differences. Infant Behavior and Development, 65. ISSN 0163-6383

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Scale errors are observed when young children make mistakes by attempting to put their bodies into miniature versions of everyday objects. Such errors have been argued to arise from children's insufficient integration of size into their object representations. The current study investigated whether Japanese and UK children's (18–24 months old, N = 80) visual exploration in a categorization task related to their scale error production. UK children who showed greater local processing made more scale errors, whereas Japanese children, who overall showed greater global processing, showed no such relationship. These results raise the possibility that children's suppression of scale errors emerges not from attention to size per se, but from a critical integration of global (i.e., size) and local (i.e., object features) information during object processing, and provide evidence that this mechanism differs cross-culturally.

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Infant Behavior and Development
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Infant Behavior and Development. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Infant Behavior and Development, 65, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101631
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