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ls Height a Core Geometric Cue for Navigation? Young Children's Use of Height in Reorientation
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • Q. Hu
  • J. Zhang
  • Di Wu, Cedarville University
  • Y. Shao
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2-1-2015
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2014.10.003
PubMed ID
25462036
Abstract
With respect to reorientation, children older than 1.5 to 2 years can use geometric cues (distance and left/right sense). However, because previous studies have focused mainly on the plane geometric properties, little is known about the role of information with respect to vertical dimension in children’s reorientation. The current study aimed to examine whether and how 3- and 4-year-old children use height information to search for a hidden toy when disoriented in a small enclosure. In a slant-ceiling rectangular room and a slant-ceiling square room, 4-year-olds were able to use height information to reorient and search for the toy in the correct corner, whereas 3-year-olds were not able to do so. Our results suggest that children can, at least by the age of 4 years, use height information and that height is not used as early as other geometric properties that are in the core geometry system for navigation.
Keywords
  • Spatial reorientation,
  • height,
  • geometric cue,
  • geometric module,
  • core geometry system,
  • adaptive combination theory,
  • child,
  • visual,
  • space perception
Citation Information
Q. Hu, J. Zhang, Di Wu and Y. Shao. "ls Height a Core Geometric Cue for Navigation? Young Children's Use of Height in Reorientation" Journal of Experimental Child Psychology Vol. 130 (2015) p. 123 - 131
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/di_wu/31/