The influence of relational complexity and strategy selection on children's reasoning in the Latin Square Task

Abstract : The present study focused on children's deductive reasoning when performing the Latin Square Task, an experimental task designed to explore the influence of relational complexity. Building on Birney, Halford, and Andrew's (2006) research, we created a version of the task that minimized nonrelational factors and introduced new categories of items. The results of two experiments conducted with school-aged children yielded an apparent dilution of complexity effects and suggest that specific inferential strategies can reduce the relational complexity that children need to process. A theoretical account is proposed emphasizing the influence of adaptive selection of strategies that mediate processing capacity constraints in reasoning development.
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Patrick Perret, Christine Bailleux, Bruno Dauvier. The influence of relational complexity and strategy selection on children's reasoning in the Latin Square Task. Cognitive Development, Elsevier, 2011, 26 (2), pp.127 - 141. ⟨10.1016/j.cogdev.2010.12.003⟩. ⟨hal-01772235⟩

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