INHIBITORY CONTROL AND CATEGORICAL UNDERSTANDING IN SCALE ERROR BEHAVIOR
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Scale errors are defined as attempted actions made impossible by an extreme difference in size between child and object. However the underlying mechanisms are still waiting to be discovered. In this study, the link of scale errors and inhibitory control and the link of scale errors and categorical understanding were examined in 24-month-olds using a task to elicit scale errors, a gift delay task and a sequential touching paradigm. Inhibitory control was found to not be significantly correlated with the scale error making behaviour. Categorical understanding was also not significantly correlated with scale error making behaviour which is argued to be partially due to the percentage of scale errors and the sample size. The study showed that the sequential touching paradigm worked by identifying children as appearance-based categorizers. Explanations for the observed results, motivations for choice of tasks and ways to improve follow up studies are discussed.
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