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Using Representations: Comprehension and Production of Actions with Imagined Objects
Anne Watson O'Reilly
Vol. 66, No. 4 (Aug., 1995), pp. 999-1010
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131794
Page Count: 12
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Previous research suggests that young children have difficulty producing actions with imagined objects (pantomimes): They frequently substitute a body part to represent the object involved in the action. This response has also been observed in neurologically impaired adults. Study 1 examined the comprehension and production of pantomimes in 3- and 5-year-old children and normal adults to explore further this aspect of representational ability. Results indicate that young children not only have difficulty producing imaginary object representations in contrast to normal adults, they also have difficulty comprehending imaginary object representations and are better at comprehending pantomimes with a body part representation. The results from the pantomime comprehension task were replicated in Study 2 with 3- and 4-year-olds. These findings are discussed in the context of the development of representational ability as children demonstrate increasing independence from concrete environmental support in their knowledge about actions.
Child Development © 1995 Society for Research in Child Development