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Title:Developmental Shifts in Stimulus Processing (Classification, Discrimination, Autism)
Author(s):Edelson, Stephen Michael
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Psychology, Developmental
Abstract:Classification and discrimination responding patterns were examined in normal children (3-, 5-, 9-11-year-old), autistic children, and college adults. Previous research has produced two different sets of results in low-mental age children. In one cluster of studies, research has indicated that young children respond to several cues within a stimulus object. In a second cluster of studies, researchers have found that young normal and autistic children typically respond to only one stimulus cue. In this thesis, it is argued that responding differences in low-mental age children are a function of the stimulus materials employed in the experimental task. In the present study, stimulus objects were varied on two dimensions. These dimensions were either spatially integrated or spatially separated, and the classification and discrimination tasks could be solved by responding to one or both dimensions. For spatially integrated dimensions, low-mental age normal and autistic children responded to both dimensions, whereas, for spatially separated dimensions they responded to only one dimension. For both spatially integrated and separated dimensions, older children responded to only one dimension, and adults responded to both dimensions. The results provide new information about developmental shifts in stimulus processing as a function of stimulus type. The findings have important implications for several theories of cognitive development.
Issue Date:1985
Type:Text
Description:124 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/69658
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8521757
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1985


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