Is children’s naming and drawing of pictures mediated by representational status?:evidence from typical development and autism.

Hartley, Calum and Allen, Melissa (2015) Is children’s naming and drawing of pictures mediated by representational status?:evidence from typical development and autism. Cognitive Development, 36. pp. 52-67. ISSN 0885-2014

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Abstract

Research has debated whether shape or inferred referential intent directs children’s picture naming. Here we investigate whether typically developing (TD) children aged 2–5 years and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprehend pictures differently depending on whether they are intentional symbols. Participants were shown ambiguous line drawings and were informed that they were either intentional or accidental creations. Children were asked to name and draw each picture. TD children only evidenced a preference for shape-based naming when pictures were intentional representations, and were increasingly likely to create canonical drawings of symbolised referents when stimuli were intentional. Representational intentions did not influence the verbal or drawing responses of children with ASD, however, the nature of their drawings was related to their prior naming. Thus, the meaning that TD children derive from 2-D shapes is mediated by referential intent, while picture comprehension in autism may be comparatively egocentric.

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Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Cognitive Development
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76462
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Deposited On:
03 Nov 2015 19:40
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