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Children's Judgments of Numerical Inequality

Robert Sekuler and Diane Mierkiewicz
Child Development
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 630-633
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128664
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128664
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Abstract

When adults judge which of 2 digits is numerically larger, their response times decrease linearly with the numerical difference. For children in fourth and seventh grades, the function relating judgment time to numerical difference has the same slope as that of adults. For children in kindergarten and first grade the function is considerably steeper. This may reflect a developmental change in the internal representation of the number series.

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