An exploration of random generation among children

Towse, John N. and McLachlan, Amy (1999) An exploration of random generation among children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 17 (3). pp. 363-380. ISSN 0261-510X

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The generation of random sequences is known to be a complex, demanding and effortful task for adults. This study explores random generation performance among children in three experiments. Expt 1 illustrates 8-10-year-olds' sensitivity to response speed requirements. Expt 2 shows that 8-11-year-olds were sensitive to the number of response alternatives, while there was equivalence in output quality over two types of instructional formats. Expt 3 reveals competencies in performance among 5-7-year-olds and shows that response repetitions are partly amenable to instructional emphasis. Across comparable studies, analysis confirmed a multidimensional structure to response sets. Generally, data show the potential utility of random generation as a developmental task with substantial and multifaceted attentional requirements.

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