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The effects of varying planning demands on drawing components of squares and diamonds

Broderick, P. and Laszlo, Judith I. (1988) The effects of varying planning demands on drawing components of squares and diamonds. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 45 (1). pp. 18-27.

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The effects of changing the level of complexity of motor planning demands in simple drawing tasks were examined in 5- to 11-year-old children. Square and diamond figure components were used in either figure completion or figure copying tasks graded in terms of the extent of planning demands. Grading of planning demands was achieved by varying the degree of assistance provided in the tasks; i.e., combinations of lines, angles, or junction points were given. General age level differences and overall differential difficulty between square components and diamond components were consistent with results reported previously by the authors (Broderick & Laszlo (1987) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 43, 44-61). Tasks with low planning demands resulted in less difference between the square and diamond performance than tasks with higher planning demands. At the youngest age level variables other than planning demands may also effect performance.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: Copyright © 1988 Published by Elsevier Inc.
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