Do young children know what makes a picture useful for other people?

Allen, M. L. and Bloom, P. and Hodgson, E. (2010) Do young children know what makes a picture useful for other people? Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10 (1-2). pp. 27-37. ISSN 1568-5373

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Even babies have an implicit appreciation of the relationship between realistic pictures and the objects that they depict, but a mature understanding of pictures involves an explicit appreciation of how pictures work. Adults appreciate that pictures are public representations that can communicate information to other people, and that some pictures are better at doing this than others. We explore the foundations of this understanding in young children. In three experiments, using yes/no and forced-choice questions, we find that 3- and 4-year olds understand that other people benefit from pictures that contain greater perceptual detail and that the more realistic the picture, the better it is as a symbolic vehicle.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/bf
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 30777
Deposited By: Dr Melissa Allen
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2009 16:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:47

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