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Understanding the dimensional change card sort: Perspectives from task success and failure

Towse, J. N., Redbond , J., Houston-Price, C. M. T. and Cook, S. (2000) Understanding the dimensional change card sort: Perspectives from task success and failure. Cognitive Development, 15 (3). 347-365 . ISSN 0885-2014

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/S0885-2014(00)00021-6

Abstract/Summary

Four experiments consider some of the circumstances under which children follow two different rule pairs when sorting cards. Previous research has repeatedly found that 3-year-olds encounter substantial difficulties implementing the second of two conflicting rule sets, despite their knowledge of these rules. One interpretation of this phenomenon [Cognitive Complexity and Control (CCC) theory] is that 3-year-olds have problems establishing an appropriate hierarchical ordering for rules. The present data suggest an alternative account of children's card sorting behaviour, according to which the cognitive salience of test card features may be more important than inflexibility with respect to rule representation.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
ID Code:5706
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cognitive Saliency; Inhibition; Rule embedding; Task set
Publisher:Elsevier Science Inc

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