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    Preschool children’s control of action outcomes

    Freier, Livia and Cooper, Richard P. and Mareschal, Denis (2015) Preschool children’s control of action outcomes. Developmental Science , ISSN 1363-755x. (In Press)

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    Naturalistic goal-directed behaviours require the engagement and maintenance of appropriate levels of cognitive control over relatively extended intervals of time. In two experiments, we examined preschool children’s abilities to maintain top-down control throughout the course of a sequential task. Both 3- and 5-year-olds demonstrated good abilities to access goals at the lowest level of the representational hierarchy. However, only 5-year-olds consistently aligned their response choices with goals at superordinate levels. These findings suggest that the ability to maintain top-down control and adjust behavioural responses according to goals at multiple levels of abstraction undergoes a marked improvement throughout the preschool period. Results are discussed in relation to current accounts of cognitive control and the monitoring of conflict in sequential action.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Livia Freier
    Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2015 12:00
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:09


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