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The Development of Color Knowledge in Preschool Children

E. G. Johnson
Child Development
Vol. 48, No. 1 (Mar., 1977), pp. 308-311
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128918
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128918
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The Development of Color Knowledge in Preschool Children
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Abstract

A naming task using 4 primary hues, 4 secondary hues, and 2 achromatic stimuli was given to 669 preschool children ranging in age from 30 to 53 months. Performance was positively related to age, and girls performed consistently better than boys. The order of acquisition of color names was found to be similar to that reported in related research and also to the proposed evolutionary order across cultures. Possible factors influencing the salience of hues were discussed.

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