Publication Date

1-1-1986

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Valenti (Professor of psychology)

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

The study examines the effects of the qualitative factors size and complexity of stimulus objects on preschool and first grade children on a learning task. Choice behavior is looked at with regards to initial choice (with the eyes) and final choice (with the hands). Other variables included in the analysis are long-term novelty and proportion of looks towards the rewarded object as a function of positive (choosing the rewarded object) and negative (choosing the unrewarded) choice outcomes. The results showed that first grade children are better at utilizing stimulus characteristics to aid their choice behavior, and further, that the specific levels of the characteristics studied that are attended to are high complexity and large size, as well as high long-term novelty.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

21 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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