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Developmental changes in inspection time: What a difference a year makes

Anderson, M., Reid, C. and Nelson, J. (2001) Developmental changes in inspection time: What a difference a year makes. Intelligence, 29 (6). pp. 475-486.

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This paper provides a partial replication and extension of a classic longitudinal study by Nettelbeck and Wilson [J. Exp. Child Psychol. 40 (1985) 1] that compared the relative influence of maturation and task experience on developmental changes in inspection time (IT). In the study reported in this paper 226 children aged between 6 and 9 were tested on an IT task in Year 1 and immediately retested to assess the importance of task familiarity. They were also retested 1 year and 2 years later. Counter to Nettelbeck and Wilson's conclusion, analyses of these data comparing the relative difference made by age maturation and by task experience revealed that task experience has a much bigger effect on children's IT than maturation. The implications of this for wider theoretical interpretations of the relationship between IT and development are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Copyright: © 2001 Elsevier Science Inc.
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