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Representation of multiple durations in children and adults
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2011 (English)In: Child Development Research, ISSN 2090-3987, 907601- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Keeping track of durations of multiple event attributes with different on set and offset times is a challenging task for both children and adults. In this study, children between 5 and 15 years and young adults observed a puppet show in which three puppets appeared on the scene during overlapping intervals of 30 s to 90 s. At test, participants completed a conventional time estimation task and a timeline task in which they reconstructed the temporal pattern by drawing a timeline for each puppet. For all age groups, the timeline task produced more accurate duration judgments than the time estimation task. Preschoolers’ time estimation was at chance level, but their timeline performance was surprisingly good and age differences were eliminated in some task conditions.

These findings suggest that the timeline procedure provides an efficient retrieval support for complex temporal events and that even preschool-aged children are able to represent multiple asynchronous durations, possibly by relying on relational event knowledge in combination with visuospatial retrieval support.

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Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2011. 907601- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-51522DOI: 10.1155/2011/907601OAI: diva2:483316
Available from: 2012-01-25 Created: 2012-01-25 Last updated: 2012-08-09Bibliographically approved

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